Legends are the unforgettable people a certain league. They sacrificed their everything to bring their team to the top. They made people like the game, and they deserved special appreciations. Here are some NBA Players Who Were Honored With Statues.
Shaquille O’Neal took down two backboards in his rookie season. He is one of the strongest players in the NBA. He won championships in the Lakers. O’Neal received the top honor that the Lakers have to give, unveiling a bronze statue of him outside of Staples Center on March 24, 2017.
Kareem is the NBA’s only six-time MVP. He finished his legendary 20-years career as the league’s All-Time Leading Scorer with 38,387 points. He will forever be remembered for his elegant and unstoppable skyhook, and graceful offensive moves. On November 16, 2012, Lakers unveiled the statue of him. It’s about 16 feet tall, weighs 1500 pounds and replicates his trademark sky hook.
Larry Bird retired from the NBA as one of the greatest shooters and winners in league history. The 12-time NBA All-Star was the league’s MVP three consecutive times (1984–1986). He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVPs. November 9, 2013, he was honored by Indiana State University with a 15-foot tall bronze statue.
Johnson is the only player to average 12 assists in an NBA Finals series, achieving it six times. He shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24). Johnson has the most playoff assists (2,346), Five-time champion, five MVP trophies and 12 All-Star selections. On Feb. 11, 2004, the Lakers paid tribute to this man who made their old home, the Forum, the place to be in the 1980s.
During his playing career as a center for the Boston Celtics, the team won 11 NBA championships. Russell earned five MVPs, played in 12 All-Star games, and led the NBA in rebounds five times. Russell’s innovative defensive strategies remain the key to championship basketball. They honored him with a giant statue at City Hall.