Larry Bird Chooses Kobe Over LeBron

· February 8, 2012

If he could choose any current player that he’d like to play a season with, who would it be, Bird was asked.

“Well, probably Kobe, because of the fact that … well, of course he wouldn’t have been shooting as much as he does now … but his desire to win, his dedication, to always get better, uh, and he’s just, he’s just tough,” Bird said. “He’s just a tough cat.

“But, if you want to have fun, like I did with Bill Walton, play with LeBron. It would have probably been more fun to play with LeBron, but if you want to win and win and win, it’s Kobe. Not that LeBron’s not a winner, just that [Kobe’s] mindset is to go into every practice, every game, to get better.”

Bryant has won five championships with the Lakers, one short of the legend he’s most often compared to, Michael Jordan. James joined the Miami Heat last season and fell short in the NBA Finals, leaving him searching for his first ti*le.

The interview took place before Bryant passed former teammate Shaquille O’Neal and moved into fifth place on the NBA’s career scoring list on Monday night according to ESPN.

The 33-year-old Bryant, the NBA’s leading scorer with 29.4 points, has 28,601 career points.

Bird, who is president of basketball operations for the Pacers, won three ti*les, one of them over the Lakers. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1998.

Is any one surprised?

  • PhilQ

    Kobe is a better player than Lebron that is why.

  • EddieF

    Game recognize game.

    • alpo

      Yeah …thats real bigg coming from Larry Bird
      Like you said Bigg Homie game recognize game….

  • Red Of teamchocolate

    You getting Praise from The Rival Franchise means you doin something right

    Like I been saying for the longest as good as Lebron is Strength and speed wise…..Kobe’s Mentality is Keeps him Going.

    The Day Lebron can be mentally dominant is the day he will get Respected

  • nate

    lebrons better, that mf larry bird just a hater cuz this dude about smash every record out the water when his careers done. u guys acting like kobe been hot since he came in the league it took him a while to mature and the same things gonna happen to lebron accept hes already killing it he jus needs that go to move and the league can bow down to king james

  • Tip CHOP $hape

    Bird is the same guy who said “M.J. is GOD in B-Ball shoes after he lit da’ Celtics up for 63 points in a playoff game. Say whut You want, Bird KNOWS B-BALL. @ Nate, LeBron da “so-called KING” hasn’t lived up 2 the titie UNTILL he wins a few championship rings, No HATE’n. Wilt had dat same Sh*t dogg’n him 4 years when him & Bill Russell name came up. Russell a defensive marvel, won 11 rings wit the Celtics, Wilt came no where near dat, may he rest in peace! Untill rings come his way, lebron is the best player in the NBA WITHOUT A RING! Kobe has dem & pHuck da’ BS, DAT’S WHUT COUNTS!!

  • OneSlug Management

    Bron Bron CHOKES under pressure..Kobe LIVES for the pressure.

  • damnshame

    Kobe’s the best…he”s gonna make it happen.point blank

  • BzB

    kobe had the luxury of winning his first 3 titles under the wing of shaq and phil jack. shaq was the big dik on the 3peat lakers team, kobe was just the nutz. the back to back chips the lakers won did show how good kobe was, but he actually had a bad series in those title match ups. pau gasol helped to pull those out.

    i don’t respect kobe as a person and never will. that biotch move he pulled when he got charged with that rape (trying to drag his teammate down with him) is some bs that shows a man’s real character.

    all that said, i respect kobe as a great ball player. he will be one of the greatest, but can’t touch the goat!

  • mike

    smh why dod u care about his personal life my nigga jesus this why kobe is one of the greatest mj larry bird magic all said kobe is better then lebron! the legends has spoken! but niggas like you that bitters cause either your team is not winning anymore or never won before u tend to hate on kobe for playing the right way and knowing how to get to the finals and win rings smh queen lebum james is agood player but will never ever! be better then MJ MAGIC KOBE shit hes not even better then larry bird!

  • ginoBrown

    You noticed he said a key word, “mindset” cause he knows Kobe’s mindset is 2 rip out the other teams heart no matter what…and real champs/winners recognize real champs/winners, point blank period