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Old 03-08-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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He is one of the most underrated players ever. I think its just because he played during the MJ era.

I'd hardly call him underrated. Most Basketball pundits rank him in the top 7-8 players all-time, which I'd say is pretty accurate( taking into account that these rankings are completely subjective).
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:38 AM
 
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I'm tired of hearing how Bird was "un-athletic".

I think some of that stems from people remembering him from the end of his career after he slowed down or narrowly defining athleticism at jumping\dunking.

His passing, shooting, quick release, body control and even some fairly quick post moves all are athletic.

I think everyone should sit down and watch some of his games when he was in his early\mid 20's.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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He is one of the most underrated players ever. I think its just because he played during the MJ era.
I think a more accurate comparison would be Magic Johnson. Bird's rookie season with the Celtics was in 1979-80, the same as Magic. Jordon's rookie season was the 1984-5 season.

Every time I think of Larry Bird, I think of Johnson as well because of the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers, which had started in the 1960's but had been somewhat dormant starting in 1975 when West, Baylor, and Wilt hung it up as well as Havlicek, Russell, and the rest of those 60's Celtic players. From 1975 to 1978 IMO the NBA slipped somewhat in popularity. In fact back in those years in my area NBA playoff games were shown on tape delay. That changed when Bird and Magic got into the NBA.

I also think of the 19789 NCAA Championship; Bird versus Magic. Indiana St. versus Michigan State. And the NBA Championship series between the Lakers and the Celtics. Whew! Talk about grudge matches!

Larry Bird is class, on and off the court. And definitely in my personal top ten of the greatest players in NBA history.

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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I'm tired of hearing how Bird was "un-athletic".

I think some of that stems from people remembering him from the end of his career after he slowed down or narrowly defining athleticism at jumping\dunking.

His passing, shooting, quick release, body control and even some fairly quick post moves all are athletic.

I think everyone should sit down and watch some of his games when he was in his early\mid 20's.
Bird's mental game was so far ahead of everyone else's, it more than made up for any athletic 'disadvantage' against the Dominique's, Dr.J's and Worthys of his day. Athleticism nowadays seems to be defined by jumping out of the gym, but Bird was an incredible athlete in terms of anticipation, reaction, instincts....
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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Bird's mental game was so far ahead of everyone else's, it more than made up for any athletic 'disadvantage' against the Dominique's, Dr.J's and Worthys of his day. Athleticism nowadays seems to be defined by jumping out of the gym, but Bird was an incredible athlete in terms of anticipation, reaction, instincts....
I hear ya.

I just look at Bird when he was younger before the back problems etc. and he isn't less athletic than Dirk IMO.
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