Plain and simple, Bird one of the best
"If you put all of us in a room -- Magic, Jordan, myself and Bird -- Bird would probably be the guy who walks out of the room at the end of the day," says Isiah Thomas on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.
Larry Bird, who called himself "a hick from French Lick," is anything but. He was one of those rare athletes who made everybody around him better. His uncanny passing, deadly shooting and anticipation defensively transformed losers into winners. The 6-foot-9 forward overcame a severe case of what is referred to in the NBA as white man's disease, an inability to jump high, to leap into the echelon of basketball greats.