LeBron James is focused on Mount Rushmore. (Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today)

By the time his NBA career ends, LeBron James is confident he won’t be remembered as merely King James, he’ll be an immortal great worthy of the hoops version of Mt. Rushmore.

“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure,” LeBron James said in an NBA TV interview to be shown Monday. “And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they’d better find another spot on that mountain. Somebody’s gotta get bumped, but that’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects.”

His comments came after he was asked to name his picks for the four greatest players of all time and he came up with Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as his “easy three.” Then, the going got tough. Finally, he settled on Oscar Robertson as No. 4 rather than, say, Bill Russell or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Will James belong on Hoops Rushmore when he’s finished? He’s doing pretty well so far. At 29, he has twice been MVP of the NBA Finals, has been NBA four times, and has won two consecutive NBA championships. So far.