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Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 4:18 pm
Posted by Royce Young

LeBron James is 26 years old. He's got at least five to seven more years of basketball in his prime which means he has quite a bit of time to re-write all this legacy talk that's dominated headlines over the past week.

So he lost in the NBA Finals. For a second time. Doesn't mean he's got to retire a loser forever now.

Nobody keeps perspective quite like the former all-time greats. They understand what it means to be a champion and the road it takes to get there. Isiah Thomas came to LeBron's defense saying James is just going through things that all stars go through. And Larry Bird -- who when The Basketball Jesus speaks, you listen -- said not to worry too much about LeBron because his time will come. Via Sports Radio Interviews, Bird was asked if he feels bad for LeBron because of all the recent criticism:
“He brought a lot of it on himself, but here’s what I feel about LeBron: he’s as good as anyone that’s ever played this game. I think he’s going to win a lot of titles; I think he’s going to continue to get better. To me, he’s an amazing athlete, he’s never been hurt, he’s got the body of a football player and he’s got skill. I just think he’s off the charts good.

And I think his time is going to come. I think they did a remarkable job in Miami this year bringing that team together and getting where they got. They’ll get better next year. Their time is going to come if he stays healthy, and he’s going to have a lot of success in this league and win championships.”
People like me can say that stuff like that over and over, but when Larry Legend says it, it makes a lot more impact. LeBron's time will come. He's too good for it not to.

Bird sort of took the Scottie Pippen side of things saying LeBron is "as good as anyone that's played this game." And in terms of pure talent, I don't think you can really disagree. But LeBron's not the total package yet. He's got work to do and rings to win before anyone is willing to place him anywhere near an all-timers list.

But there's a lot of time left and a lot of chapters left to be written in the LeBron Legacy. I wouldn't write him off quite yet.
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Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2011 2:43 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Haters HATE.  It's what they DO! 

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 2:39 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Larrys had a few too many Miller Lights.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 2:32 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Assuming Lebron eventually does elevate himself to "greatness" status (which he may or may not), there's way too many people defending him and making excuses for him.  Nobody ever made excuses or had to debate on Bird's behalf.  Or Magic, or Jordan.  We knew from Day 1 what those guys were and never had to talk people into believing it. 

You never know what the future holds.  Injuries, lack of improvement, etc.  As of today, Lebron is a very talented, sometimes dominant player with the "POTENTIAL" to be the greatest ever.  I think the media and fans need to put this in perspective and realize that you can't annoint a person as the greatest just based on their potential.  Let him prove himself on his own and let his play do the talking.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 2:27 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

have to disagree, the so called "king" is overrated and too arrogant for my liking and 0-2 in the finals, whereas Mr. Jordan was 6-0 please stop the comparisons

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 2:15 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Jordan was 28 when he won his frist title for crying out loud, but im most certain everyone was not calling his career a failure, and how he is not a winner when he was 26.  Think before you type plz.

Did everyone forget Jordan went to college so the age thing isnt irrelevant.  Actually if you want to go by how many years it took for them to win a ring Jordan did it after six years.  Lebron has been playing for eight.  So like he said during the finals it's now or never.  How much longer do you want to give this man more chances to get better when he should have been his best by now.  

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:53 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Lets just face it, if LeBron were to stay in Cleveland, or if he plays for another team minus his "decision" announcement fanfare, if he were to think before he speaks, people won't be hating him this much if not at all. Like Bird say and we all already know, most of these negative vibes was his own doing. I think LeBron learn his lesson this season and he will be better prepared for next season I think what irks people most is that we all think he is going about in winning the championship in a wrong way, the easiest way possible, that is to get several All Star players together on a team as oppose to the old fashion way, finding good players to play around him with him being the main man. The difference between the Celtics Big 3 and the Heat Big 3 is that the Heat Big 3 is in their prime where else the Celtics Big 3 was already on a decline, they needed each other to win plus Rondo,lol. I expect the Heat to win more than 1 championship with their Big 3 but it won't be the same like any other team winning it because with the Heat, it's already expected and if they don't win, it's a failure. As long as LeBron, Wade, and Bosh are together, winning the NBA title is expected of them every season and if they don't, it's a failure in everybody's eyes, including themselves. 

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:48 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

I think Lebron is more of a drama queen than any sort of King, granted he has the athletic tools to be placed among the elite at the end of his career, but until he matures mentally who cares what he becomes.....

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:12 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

Btw, let's ignore what athletes like Bird/Pippen say. They're opinions don't count since they're just DUMB jocks. Ever notice how anytime a great athlete is trusted to run a team, they ruin it (Bird/Isiah/MJ

Ah yes, but let's pay attention to the opinion of sman2011, who's intimate knowledge of the NBA game comes from holding the title as "best to ever play the game", as well as his numerous championships during his tenure as owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Idiot.  You only know what to think because of what journalists and sportscasters tell you....just like the rest of us.  Period.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:11 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

The age thing is relevant.  It has to do with growing into your body, developing your skill, and developing that killer instinct - that mental facet of the game that everyone  loves to say that James lacks.  He's going to get it.  This negative criticism?  Hopefully for him he'll find a way to channel it.  This is about the same time in his life (not necessarily his NBA career) that Jordan developed his clutch ability and mental stability.  Just because Jordan had 4 years of college ball means nothing.  Hell, it may have been easier because it allowed him to transition to a higher level of play.  The thing is, no one can say that he won't be the next Jordan yet.  Were we talking about Jordan's legacy when he was 27?  Not that I recall.  The media is obsessed these days with creating heroes and villains and they usually jump the gun.  If someone comes short of expectations, even 2 games short, then he/she is a loser and history will always define them as one - according to you guys and the media.

Just wait for LeBron to grow up.  I feel he thought he was entitled to a title after beating the previous competition, and then was shocked when the Mavs took him out of his game, never recovered.  Oh well, that's one finals appearance.  This Heat team is obviously designed to at least appear in many more.  My guess?  They'll win 3 or 4 championships.  Probably not good enough to draw comparisons to MJ, but good enough to at least be mentioned among the greats if he performs to his capability.  Let him come around mentally, we all allowed Jordan to do that.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:02 pm

Larry Bird says LeBron is as good as anyone ever

For everyone's info., Jordan was 28 years old when he won his first title in 1991, not 27.

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