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Today in Hypothetical NBA Debates: Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan in one-on-one!

No, we're not asking who'd win a battle in their primes, nor a real-life version of those Bird-Jordan McDonald's commercials. We're talking about a question posed to the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations Monday on the Dan Patrick Show.

That question: Could Bird, 58, take Jordan, 52, right now?

"Could I take Jordan? Where's this going? Can I wear my Hickory uniform? Boy, that'd be a good game," Bird said, before offering the goods:

"I hate to admit this, but he'd kill me. ... I'm 40 pounds more than I was when I played, I'm broken-down, I really don't care like I used to, I have a fight in me but it's not the fight that I once had ... but it'd be a pretty close game."

Ah, there's the trash-talker we know and love, unable to fully commit to the idea of getting killed on the court by a rival.

This came as part of a larger conversation based on Jordan's comments from June, in which he said he was "pretty sure" he could beat the members of his Charlotte Hornets one-on-one.

Bird was having none of that, by the way. When he heard Jordan said he could beat his players now, Bird offered a big laugh.

"Now?" he said. "Oh, gee. Come on.

"He can believe whatever he wants. ... He'd have to prove that to me. Man, [star athletes have] to let this stuff go. ... That's just ridiculous."

Bird was also asked if he was ever better than someone who was on his roster while he coached the Pacers (from 1997 to 2000, when he was 40-43).

"I don't know about that," he said. And what about shooting?

"Oh yeah. Oh God yeah. Standing still, shooting? Ain't no problem."

Still, he said, he was never the best shooter while he coached the Pacers.

"Nah, Reggie [Miller] was here, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins; they had some pretty good shooters."

And speaking of shooting, Bird weighed in on another debate: Is, as a number of sharpshooting legends have suggested, Stephen Curry the best shooter of all time?

"I don't know about that," Bird said. "Chris Mullin was pretty good. ... [But] deep shooter, Curry is about one of the best."

Are you in the conversation, Bird was asked?

His answer, without hesitation: "Yep."

For more from Bird -- including talk of his high school days, whether he could have gone pro at 18-19 and more, check out the full interview here.

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Though never an All-Star, the late Manute Bol was an NBA legend, known for his incredible height (7-foot-7) and shot-blocking prowess (he averaged a stunning 5.0 per game as a rookie).

His son, Bol Bol, a 6-foot-10 (or is it 6-foot-11?) big man from Bishop Miege High School in suburban Kansas City, shows similar promise as a rim protector -- but his game has so much more. As evidenced by his latest mixtape, he can hit 3s -- be they spot-up or pull-up -- go coast-to-coast with the dribble and drive to the basket like a wing.

Check it out. That move at 3:35 is just sweet.

Now, he just finished his freshman year, so he's naturally got to sharpen a lot of these skills before we can declare him the next Kevin Durant; that shooting motion in particular brings Shawn Marion to mind (although The Matrix often made it work).

But Bol isn't just noteworthy because of his dad and his size; it's early, but he's got a five-star rating by ESPN and is ranked No. 19 in the Class of 2018.

H/T SB Nation

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Jordan Spieth turns 22, but still beyond his years

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On Monday, Jordan Spieth turned the ripe old age of 22. And with two majors already in his trophy case, sometimes it's hard to remember he isn't a seasoned professional. His mom Chris wished him a happy birthday on Twitter with a photo of him and his No. 1 fan, his younger sister, Ellie.
Much has been made about Spieth's poise and presence in the spotlight. His mom says a reason for that is his sister, who was born with a neurological disorder, which places her on the autism spectrum.

When Spieth was blowing away the competition en route to his first Masters title, Ian O'Connor wrote about Spieth's family keeping him grounded during his rapid rise to stardom. He writes that Jordan calls his sister "the funniest member of our family" who has shaped him more than golf ever could.

Ellie inspires her entire family and keeps them in the moment, and her influence was ingrained in Jordan early on.

"Ellie always thought her brothers won at everything," Chris said, "so there's no way they were allowed to be down around her. No way. Jordan realizes this isn't real life at the Masters. Trying to sit around and have dinner when his sister doesn't want to eat when everybody else is eating and has a fit, that's real life."

"I really love when she's able to be out there, love spending time with her," Spieth said. Even when they are apart, Jordan FaceTimes Ellie and trades video messages with her and the rest of his family.

"It's humbling to see her and her friends and the struggles they go through each day that we take for granted," Spieth said. "And my experience with her and in her class and with her friends, it's fantastic, and I love being a part of it and helping support it."

Jordan Spieth acting beyond his years often seems more remarkable than his golf game. So far, the fame and fortune that has come with Spieth's early success has not derailed him; and with Ellie and his family's support, Jordan will continue to spoil us with some great golf for many birthdays to come.

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There's a Nick Young quote that is one of the 21st century's greatest:

Now here is the Los Angeles Lakers guard, in a Drew League game, after an opponent had tied up the game with his own clutch shot:

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The behind-the-back dribble. Then the bucket.

Swaggy P's words in action.

Just how he likes it.

H/T For The Win

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For her third birthday, Riley Curry -- daughter of NBA MVP Stephen Curry-slash-probable most famous person related to basketball -- melted hearts and servers by breaking out The Whip and the Nae Nae.

Well, Leah Still -- ESPYS Jimmy V award honoree and daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still -- was not about to stand by silently.


In the paraphrased words of Billy Zane, it's a dance-off!

Now, we're not experts so we can't possibly pick a winner. But watch this space; this challenge might escalate.

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