As you well know, we here at Chasing 23 have had several discussions about Kobe and Lebron’s place in the NBA as compared to the greats, including one article that compares their game winning shots that has proven to be quite the lightning rod for discussion. But nothing gets the discussion going more then some of the former greats who give their opinions on the current NBA stars and their place alongside the greats. Bill Simmons B.S. Report recently sat down and had an interview with Larry Bird, who had the following to say when asked which of the 2 players he would prefer to play a season with:
“Well, probably Kobe, because of the fact that … well, of course he wouldn’t have been shooting as much as he does now … but his desire to win, his dedication, to always get better, uh, and he’s just, he’s just tough,” Bird said. “He’s just a tough cat.
“But, if you want to have fun, like I did with Bill Walton, play with LeBron. It would have probably been more fun to play with LeBron, but if you want to win and win and win, it’s Kobe. Not that LeBron’s not a winner, just that [Kobe’s] mindset is to go into every practice, every game, to get better.”
As of this posting, the ESPN excerpt has been up for about 5 hours and already has over 5000 comments so safe to say Bird’s comments on the 2 players have certainly struck a nerve with many.