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Old 08-06-2011, 10:14 AM
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This was more of a memorable game of Barkley for me. He and Olajuwon were going back and forth in the 1994 playoff game. Awesome game by both players.


‪Charles Barkley Vs. Hakeem Olajuwon 1994 Playoffs‬‏ - YouTube
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:27 AM
 
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barkleys game against the warriors where he dropped 50+, mostly on field goals (very little free throws from what i can remember) was also great. he abused cwebb all night long
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Larry Bird is too slow to keep up with the NBA players of today. He has no hops meaning that taller players would block his shot easily. He would not be quick enough to shake off his opponents to get space to score. Bird would get eaten alive if he played today.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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yeah it's pretty funny to hear people say that Bird was "one dimensional". Obviously people that never watched him play are the only ones that could say that. OR they failed to merely check the mans stats.

In Bird's peak years he was 27-9-7. He had tons of steals. The dude was a walking triple double yet he was one dimensional. Someone said he would get handled by Josh Smith. Josh Smith has one of the lowest basketball IQ's ever. Bird would score 40 and J. Smith would be on the bench with foul trouble all game. On defense, since J. Smith has zero offensive moves, Bird would frustrate Smith early and often. This would not be a match-up at all.

Bird often played guard and actually started there for half a season in 1982.

BIRD TOOK INDIANA STATE TO THE FINALS!!!!! but he's "one dimensional". Stupidest thing I've ever read in my life. Ask Magic or Jordan if Bird was one dimensional.

To the OP. Look at Nowitzki. You think he's good right? Imagine Nowitzki as 3 times the defender with a better shot. Make him an elite passer. Make him way more competitive and give him a real nasty streak too. Imagine that he dives for nearly every loose ball and won't settle for anything less from his teammates. Then imagine that his overall bball IQ is one of the highest in the history of the sport.

Seriously, this is like saying Ted Williams was an overrated baseball player. Just absolutely ridiculous.

Todays wingspans/jumping/athleticism? Gee how did Bird fare in the finals against the "twin Towers" of Houston? You know the freakishly talented 7'4 Ralph Sampson? Or the even more freakish skill set of 7'0 Olajuwon? Did they have wingspans? Were they athletic? Was Rodney McRay not a superb defender as well? How did Bird do in that series?

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Old 10-28-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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Larry Bird is too slow to keep up with the NBA players of today. He has no hops meaning that taller players would block his shot easily. He would not be quick enough to shake off his opponents to get space to score. Bird would get eaten alive if he played today.
Oh I can't wait for the rebuttals to this one.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Larry Bird is too slow to keep up with the NBA players of today. He has no hops meaning that taller players would block his shot easily. He would not be quick enough to shake off his opponents to get space to score. Bird would get eaten alive if he played today.
Wrong on all accounts. I'm not even going to bother.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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How/why are we reliving a thread last posted on in 2011?
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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How/why are we reliving a thread last posted on in 2011?

Because Bird is now two years older and definitely will not be able to hang in the NBA today.

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Old 10-28-2013, 04:16 PM
 
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How/why are we reliving a thread last posted on in 2011?
why do you care?

I never saw this thread so it's new to me.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:40 PM
 
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Larry Bird is too slow to keep up with the NBA players of today. He has no hops meaning that taller players would block his shot easily. He would not be quick enough to shake off his opponents to get space to score. Bird would get eaten alive if he played today.
Oh most definitely. Non-athletes can't compete today. If you don't have speed and "hops", you ain't nothin. Athletes would shut down Bird, just like the athletic Miami Heat shut down Dirk in the 2011 Finals, and Ray Allen was shut down in 2008.
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