Larry Bird is a legend. So is Michael Jordan. We don’t need to tell you that.
But what would happen if the two played a game of one-on-one? Nothing good, according to Bird, who delivered the news Monday on “The Dan Patrick Show.”
“God, I hate to admit this, but he’d kill me,” Bird said. “I’m 40 pounds more than I was when I played, I’m broken down, I really don’t care like I used to. I have a fight in me, but it’s not the fight that I once had … but it’d be a pretty close game.”
Kudos to Bird for being honest with himself. Back injuries prematurely ended his incredible NBA career after 13 seasons — and probably contributed to Jordan’s six NBA titles. The man could hardly walk when he retired, so 23 years and 40 pounds probably haven’t done Bird’s mobility any favors.
Jordan, of course, still believes he could beat any member of his Charlotte Hornets in a game of one-on-one (and did so in 2013), and has publicly stated that he could play in the NBA through his 50s if he dropped to his playing weight of 216 pounds.
If you’re a basketball fan, Bird’s full interview — where, among other things, he says he still considers himself one of the best shooters ever — is worth a listen.
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