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Quote of the Day: Larry Bird on Dream Team vs. 2012 “rivalry”

Jul 13, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York Reuters

“They probably could (beat us). I haven’t played in 20 years and we’re all old now.”

—Larry Bird, the Hall of Fame player and Dream Team member, on whether the 2012 USA Olympic Team could beat his Dream Team.

Probably the smartest thing anyone has said about this “rivalry.” It’s time to move on.

Thanks to the Pacers for the quote.

  1. andyhr17 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Larry Legend sums it up best. This whole argument is stupid.

  2. BigBeachBall - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    larry has a wierd way of talking trash….

    • homelanddefense - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      funny joke. But Larry was well known for his talking during his playing days

  3. GT - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Bird’s still the smartest guy on either team…

  4. karlton2 - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Lol at using the word “probably”. Ever the competitor. We’ll miss ya with the Pacers, Larry!

  5. lakerluver - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Leave it to Larry Legend to get in the best shot!!

  6. t8ertot - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Made my day

  7. rexgrossman8 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    “Probably.”. Love the swagger. Definitely an old spice man.

  8. dadawg77 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Why are people saying we should move on from this topic? The fact we are comparing eras, players and imagining this game in our head, is one of the best parts of sports. The best parts of sports are the game and bar arguments. Since there is no game now, lets talk about the bar arguments. Yes while there will never be a definite answer to the question, I would rather reminisce about the Dream Team then the fact McGee just got $50 after a lockout because players were being paid too much.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      agree. you are correct sir. it creates great debate and banter…which makes sports extra fun. all of us root for and root against certain teams and ideas…all part of the entertainment.

  9. magicbucs - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Haha go Larry!

  10. scoobies05 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    larry legend is still the man!

  11. asublimeday - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    The only people who think the current team would have a chance are heat fans and people who have watched basketball for less than 10 years.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Aren’t they one in the same?

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      so… the Heat”s Championship is still stinking you….. Good!

  12. dexterismyhero - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Hell, the 84 Olympic team could beat these stiffs…………………..

  13. charlutes - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Yes let’s drop it…as in you can stop posting two articles a day on it.

  14. kpow55 - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Louis Prima: With all the great players playing ball right now, how well do you think you would do against today’s pitchers?

    Ty Cobb: Well, I figure against today’s pitchers I’d only probably hit about .290

    Louis Prima: .290? Well that’s amazing, because you batted over .400 a… a whole bunch of times. Now tell us all, we’d all like to know, why do you think you’d only hit .290?

    Ty Cobb: Well, I’m 72 f@#$%g years old you ignorant son of a b#$@h.

  15. tomtravis76 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    I would rank the USA olympic teams since the pros joined like this:

    1. Dream Team
    2. 1996 Atlanta Team
    3. 2008 China team
    4. 2012 London Team
    5. 2000 Australia Team
    6. 2004 Athens team

  16. connaniii - Jul 14, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Got to love Larry Legend the ultimate competitor…

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