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Charley Rosen compares Kobe and Bird


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#1 MDI

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Posted November 19, 2008 - 09:18 AM

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Since Kobe Bryant recently passed Larry Bird's career point total, it's only natural to compare these two superstars. So, here's my two cents:

If Bird was a better shooter, Kobe is much more creative.

Although they were both shoot-first players, Bird has the edge in the passing department — one reason for this being that he was usually surrounded with better teammates.

Bird was a superior rebounder, because of his size advantage and because he often played the power forward slot.

Kobe is a better man-to-man defender, but Bird had a more evolved understanding (and execution) of team defense.

Bird's instincts and anticipation remain unsurpassed, while Kobe is a vastly superior athlete.

Both were peerless in the clutch, and their respective competitive spirits were likewise unparalleled.

Bird was a much more formidable trash-talker.

Bird was much more coachable and more popular with his teammates.

Kobe is quicker, has a better handle and more dynamic ups, but neither was a powerhouse.

Bird had a better left hand.

Had Bird not spent so much of his career playing with Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, Kobe would still be trailing him in career scoring. It should also be noted, however, that because of the modern prohibitions against hand-checking and cut-bumping, it's much easier to score now than it was then.

So who's the better player? Don't ask me.


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Posted November 19, 2008 - 02:47 PM

why does kobe get compared to everyone

sometimes people he plays nothing like though parts of his game resemble birds
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Posted November 19, 2008 - 04:19 PM

why does kobe get compared to everyone

sometimes people he plays nothing like though parts of his game resemble birds

What's wrong with comparisons? Kobe's being compared to the greats of the game, nothing bad.

Bird was one of the greatest but overrated in a sense.

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Posted November 19, 2008 - 07:33 PM

What's wrong with comparisons? Kobe's being compared to the greats of the game, nothing bad.

Bird was one of the greatest but overrated in a sense.

Overrated my socks.

The guy was one of the greatest players to play the game. Easily top 10.

He averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.7 steals, .8 blk, 48% FG, 37% 3pt for his career.

Not only was he a superior offensive player, but he was really good defensively. Getting many clutch defensive plays. Of course, we know of his clutch offensive plays.

3 championship rings. Olympic gold medal..

OVerrated? Please. Underrated if anything, considering people remember him for his shooting more than him being extremely well rounded.
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Posted November 19, 2008 - 07:42 PM

Larry Bird was one the great legends of the game of Basketball. how one can say he's overrated is outrageous.

to be compared to one of the greats is a compliment. PLAYERS HAVE TO EMULATE THE BEST TO BE THE BEST


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Posted November 19, 2008 - 08:32 PM

Wow, I hate Larry Bird with a passion, but no way he is overrated...
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Posted November 19, 2008 - 11:13 PM

why does kobe get compared to everyone

sometimes people he plays nothing like though parts of his game resemble birds

Relax. Did you even bother reading the article? He's not comparing them because he thinks they play similarly. He compared and contrasted them because Kob recently past him up for career point total. You can compare and contrast any two players in the game, whether they play similarly or not.




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