One of the all time greats drops major respect to our very own, and this year’s soon-to-be-announced MVP, Kobe Bryant:

KB24.com: Indiana Pacers president and NBA legend Larry Bird was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, and the subject of clutch performers came up. Patrick asked Larry Legend if Kobe’s ability to hit big shots rivaled Michael Jordan. Bird responded with this:

“I think Kobe is the best player in our league and I think he’s been the best player for a long time, not to take anything away from anybody else. You know, somebody told me the other day that [Kobe] hasn’t won an MVP trophy, and it sort of made me feel like I want to go throw mine away, so that’s how much respect I have for the guy.”

For the record, Bird is a three-time NBA MVP, having won the award in 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Listen to his comments here, around the 11:00 mark…

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  • gugy

    Anybody who is serious about basketball and know the game like Bird, knows Kobe is one of the greatest ever to play the game.

    Unfortunately, most people take personality contests instead of true skills in order to vote for MVP.
    That’s why Kobe has not won one yet. Hopefully that will change very soon.

  • zgum

    lol….. :) its not ur fault Bird…we blame it on the media!
    hehe

  • playdefense

    kobe is a special talent.. a talent that barely comes around.. he can do everything on the court. he is unbelievably skilled.

  • Alvin

    Well if Bird said it, I don’t think I can disagree. Recently I was swayed into thinking Lebron was better but I have respect for Larry-I am utterly convinced now.

    Sorry Lebron.

  • DCLAKER

    From one LEGEND to ANOTHER,THANX LARRY!

  • daboss1848

    “but to say hes another MJ, I can’t do that”

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    I ‘think’ he is the best player in the NBA.
    He is the best player in the NBA.
    There is no thinking in it.
    Larry Bird needs to watch his choice of words.
    But any way good comment.

  • SliqRiq

    [Comment ID #34456 Will Be Quoted Here]

    He’s definitely more efficient better offensively and has much greater range in his jump shot than MJ, not to mention he doesnt get close to as many fouls MJ did and he’s not even done with his career.

    So with that said I’d say he’s BETTER!!!!!

  • Kobe124

    Bird just said this cuz he wanted some attention after not being notice. we fans know the real deal dat kobe is the Best. no need for a player to say it when we fans see it with our eyes.

  • ab4sure

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    Yes Bird gave Kobe love and rightfully so, but he saved the Mad love for MJ. MJ was probably one of the most efficient players ever along with Stockton. They both made the right play constantly. Kobe is as talented as MJ but not as efficient.

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY

    WHY IS EVERY PLAYER MEASURED By JORDON STANDARDS??????????? MICHAEL JORDON WAS THE BEST OF HIS ERA AND NOW KOBE IS THE BEST OF THIS ERA…LEBRON WILL BE THE NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN NEXT!!!! HEY, KOBE IS KOBE AND HE WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF NBA’S GREATS!!!!! WHY CANT WE JUST APPRECIATE HIM FOR WHO HE IS…KB24…LAKER 4LIFE!!! HIS CAREER ISNT EVEN OVER AND THIS COMPARISON CONTINUES….I FEEL SOMETIMES PEOPLE REFUSE(OR AFRAID) TO BELIEVE THERE MIGHT BE SOMEONE OUT THERE JUST AS GOOD OR MAYBE EVEN BETTER THAN JORDAN!!!!HEY, I APPRECIATE KB24 RIGHT NOW!!!! MICHAEL JORDON IS RETIRED!!!SO
    CONTINUE TO DO YOUR THANG KOBE…BECAUSE IM EXCITED EVERY TIME YOU STEP ON THE COURT!!!!

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY

    AND YES LARRY BIRD YOU ARE CORRECT,KOBE IS NOT ANOTHER MJ,HES KOBE BEAN BRYANT IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN…..DOING IT HIS WAY!!!!

  • Majic “Big” Johnson

    Tell it like it is FOXXXY!!!

  • lamont

    ITS ABOUT TIME SUM1 TRIED TO HELP THIS GUY OUT. PEOPLE ARE JUST AFRAID TO LET GO OF THE JORDAN LEGACY. NOBODY HAS MORE LUV 4 MJ THAN ME , IVE RECORDED GAMES, STUDIED FOOTWORK, AND TRIED TO COPY MJ. BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT KOBE IS A BETTER SHOOTER AND BALLHANDLER. NOT 2 MENTION HES DOING IT AGAINST THE MOST TALENT THE LEAUGE HAS EVER SEEN. AND THEY PLAY ZONE NOW ITS CRAZY.

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