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Plain and simple, Bird one of the best

Updated: December 6, 2006, 8:00 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"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 ...

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