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Paul George says Larry Bird can still shoot the rock

Jul 22, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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Larry Bird was the ultimate gym rat player. He simply seemed like he could knock down any shot — open or contested, he could create just enough space to get a look and he didn’t need much. They guy could just shoot.

Still can, apparently.

Nima Zarrabi of SLAM caught up with Indiana’s Paul George before the ESPYs last week and George told this story (hat tip to All Ball).

SLAM: I believe you had talked about seeing Larry shoot in the gym.

PG: He picked a ball up that had rolled over. He rolled up his sleeves and made about 15 in a row and just walked out like nothing just happened. It was the craziest thing I’ve seen.

SLAM: How did you and the rest of the team react?

PG: We were speechless. We didn’t know whether to keep shooting or just to end practice. It was sweet, man.

The only thing that could have made that better is Bird looking at the team and saying, “Which one of you is going to come in second?”

Larry is still a legend.

  1. kelvinmchale - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Larry Bird is the greatest basketball player there ever was, or ever will be. He was better at basketball than anyone has ever been at anything, anywhere.

    • uncledrew22 - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      He wasn’t better than Magic or Jordan. Bird says himself Magic was the best all-around player ever.

  2. 1historian - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Mr. Antistratfordian – I have to admit I admire you for your hanging in there in the face of all that opposition. I have the feeling that you have been just WAITING for the chance to fire all your stats at us.

    Even though you’re wrong

    • antistratfordian - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Well this is a Larry Bird and Indiana article… so I know his fans are all going to come in here and defend him. But I’m no spring chicken… I’ve been doing this for years.

      Larry Bird is not a challenge. LeBron’s case over him is rock solid. All a person has to do is mention defense. End of argument.

      This is just practice for me for when a LeBron-Jordan article pops up.

  3. historyisyourfriend - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Well there is one stat that Lebron will always have over Larry:

    Quit on your franchise – Lebron 1, Larry 0

    • antistratfordian - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Hall of Famers on team as a rookie:

      Bird: 3
      LeBron: 0

      Oh if all players could be as lucky as Bird and Magic and get drafted to teams that were already stocked with hall of fame talent.

      Jordan and LeBron had to work and toil for their rings, they weren’t given anything.

      • dexterismyhero - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        the celtics were 32-50 in 78 dumb@$$.

  4. beaverdam21 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Off of the freeway, in through the window, 2 bounces on the floor and off the backboard.

  5. jimeejohnson - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    If LeBron stays healthy his legend could equal that of Larry Legend, but it will NEVER surpass the legend that still is Larry Bird. The NBA was a tougher league in Larry’s day, thanks in part to one Magic Johnson. The only two players to be that good at the same time were none other than Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. Just being compared to all-time greats like Michael Jordan and Larry and Magic should be enough for any player, even LeBron.

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