Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Who was overall the better basketball player in their prime?

Michael Jordan
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Larry Bird
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Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby Zeeboe on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:11 am

Who was overall the better player in their prime?
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby John3:16 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:36 am

Is this a serious question?

Bird was so freaking clutch, it wasnt' funny. Cocky, deadly, smart. The guy was a flat out winner at every level. Played the game the right way. Won 3 titles during the NBAs glory years. One of the greatest FT and 3pt shooters in NBA history. Nice rebounder. Great passing forward.

Having said that, it's no comparison. Jordan was THAT much better.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby strikemode14 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:12 pm

Maybe try Kobe or Lebrick vs Bird.

However this is no contest..Jordan the end.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby therealdeal on Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:34 pm

Bird was a different type of player. His greatness came mostly because of his competitive spirit and Basketball brilliance, not athleticism.

Jordan v. Bird? One on one? No contest Jordan.

5 on 5 Boston v. Chicago? It'd at least be closer, but still Jordan.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby Zeeboe on Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:36 pm

I asked the same question on another site, and the following is what a poster wrote, and I agree with what they typed:

"How anyone could say Jordan was a better "overall" player than Bird is beyond me.

Yes, Jordan scored more points. But that was because he took a hell of a lot more shots. Bird chose to involve his teammates more while Jordan played a more selfish game. Believeme, if Larry wanted to score there wasn't anybody going to stop him.


Bird had more range than Jordan did, and could score from anywhere. Jordan was more of a slasher, and made a living at the free throw line (courtesy of the Jordan Jocking refs). Jordan didn't have much of a shot outside of 15 ft.

Bird was also a better rebounder, passer, and free throw shooter. Jordan was a quicker defender , although Bird could play the "hidden zone' better than most. They actually enforced the illegal defense rule because of Bird.

Lastly, Bird made more of an impact on his team, leading the Celtics who had only won 29 games the year before his arrival, to the best record in the league his rookie year.

Jordan didn't even break the .500 mark till his 4th season. And Jordan's Bulls were 0-6 vs. Bird's Celtics in the playoffs.

It breaks down as this:

Shooting: Bird
Rebounding: Bird
Passing: Bird
Free throw Shooting: Bird
Defense: Jordan
Court awareness: Bird
Made teammates better: Bird
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby from714to402 on Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:45 pm

Zeeboe wrote:leading the Celtics who had only won 29 games the year before his arrival, to the best record in the league his rookie year.

Magic won a ring his rookie season and improved their win total by 13 in the regular season. So clearly that means Magic>Bird>Jordan right?
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby Zeeboe on Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:06 pm

Correct! :D
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby eNlight on Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:42 pm

i don't think there is much difference. this is like comparing apples to oranges. i'd take either one on a coin toss.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby therealdeal on Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:43 pm

eNlight wrote:i don't think there is much difference. this is like comparing apples to oranges. i'd take either one on a coin toss.


That's the second apple/orange comparison I've seen today...
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby karacha on Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:15 pm

They were completely different players. Bird was obviously a better long range shooter and rebounder. I believe he was also more clutch then anyone else.

MJ was a much superior defender, more explosive scorer.

So it's hard to compare them. Who was better -- a player like Hakeem/Shaq or, say, Logo? I wouldn't really know how to compare them.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby KGB on Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:53 pm

karacha wrote:They were completely different players. Bird was obviously a better long range shooter and rebounder. I believe he was also more clutch then anyone else.

MJ was a much superior defender, more explosive scorer.

So it's hard to compare them. Who was better -- a player like Hakeem/Shaq or, say, Logo? I wouldn't really know how to compare them.

Just ask yourself who you would rather build a franchise with. That's not exactly a coin toss decision.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby therealdeal on Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:09 pm

^Hm.. I was expecting you to have said something like," Those guys both sucked compared to Kobe!" Or "Magic was better than either of them ever were!"
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby PhillipMG on Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:10 am

How sick would it have been to have them on the same team?
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby GNC on Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:26 am

:man10:

who voted for big bird?
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby KB24 on Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:37 am

apples and oranges....

who is a better overall player? Luke Walton or Shaq...

shooting: Walton
passing: Walton
perimeter defense: Walton
FT shooting: Walton
ball handling: Walton
court awareness: Walton
IQ: Walton (lol)

so Walton was a better overall player?

it makes no sense to cathegorize and compare...this is not an additive problem

you have to look at impact to compare those players...IMO there is no doubt MJ was the BETTER player...now you add an overall to the better and it becomes a question...why? because people start to count and as soon as you start to count, its already too late.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby JSM on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:18 pm

I'll take Michael Jeffrey Jordan any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Good to know we apparently have 3 MJ haters or possibly Celtics homers on the site.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby MikeDead on Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:21 pm

Apples & Oranges. But if I absolutely had to pick 1, Jordan, no questions asked.
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Re: Michael Jordan vs. Larry Bird

Postby Zeeboe on Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:35 am

aansari wrote::man10:

who voted for big bird?


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