Larry Bird: LeBron James “ain’t too far behind” Michael Jordan

Larry Bird jumped on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and the conversation covered Bird’s Pacers, Magic Johnson, and then Patrick asked Bird if he thought LeBron James had a killer instinct:

“Everybody is a little different but I will tell you what. That LeBron James is about as good as I’ve ever seen. I mean this guy is unbelievable. I’m not going to say he’s a Michael Jordan and all that, but he ain’t too far behind. He ain’t too far behind Kobe either. He just hasn’t made some plays down the stretch and he will. He will win multiple championships before he’s out of this league. You can’t be as good as him and not win.”

Why are we still trying to put LeBron James on Michael Jordan’s pedestal? They’re different players. The game itself is different. If anybody is close to being MJ, it’s Kobe. Even Jordan himself thinks that. If you want to talk about popularity, then yes, LeBron “ain’t too far behind” Jordan.

Also, Bird didn’t specify if he was talking about LeBron With Wade or LeBron With Wade Out Hurt. They’re two different players. LeBron With Wade Out Hurt may very well win over eight titles, like he so eloquently predicted.

[Dan Patrick via Sports Radio Interviews]

4 comments to Larry Bird: LeBron James “ain’t too far behind” Michael Jordan

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  • kevin cappel

    I have no idea why Mr. James and his ability to win the NBA title is always connected to comparisons to either Michael or Kobe. You become a great player at the “all time great” level when you win a championship or two. Until Mr. James wins at least one title, there is no need to discuss or compare him to Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan’s will to win has likely never been seen before in the NBA and probably never will again.

    So – let Mr. James win something and then the comparisons to Michael or Kobe can begin. First however, Mr. James has to wash away the “choker” moniker he seems to have when playing in big games. Name me one important game when Michael Jordan was not ready to play in the fourth quarter of a game and failed to perform. It never happened when he was a pro ball player. Mr. James is another story.

  • Jerry

    Let me say this: Lebron will never have the caliber that Michael Jordan had and I truly believe he will not have a Scotty Pippen to help him carry him to the promise land. He is a one man show without any support, No matter where he goes. Individual talent will not get you there, team work will.

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