great nba Dennis Rodman He hasn’t finished shooting Larry Bird.
In a recent appearance on VladTV, Rodman was asked about comments made by Gilbert Arenas, who said Bird would «probably» win. Lebron James in a one-on-one duel.
Rodman couldn’t have disagreed more.
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«If Larry Bird played in this era, I think he would be in Europe,» Rodman said. «I’m just letting you know, man. He’d be somewhere over there.»
«His game was right for Boston at the time in the ’80s and stuff like that. Today’s world, oh hell, no. No way. I’m not downplaying him because he’s a great player at the time, just like me. But I’m saying no. There’s no way.»
Rodman’s detroit pistons The team in the 1980s had legendary battles with Bird and the Celtics, and the dislike between the two teams was palpable.
In 1987, the Celtics beat the Pistons in the playoffs, and Rodman said after the series that Bird was overrated because he was white.
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«I was green. I was just saying whatever,» Rodamn told VladTV when asked about his comments. «I was frustrated because, guess what? This guy yelled at me. That’s probably why I said something like that. Not because I was angry or hateful, something like that. And because I wasn’t really paying attention to the whole league. I was just paying attention to myself. equipment.
«I was wondering why this guy was so cool. Or what would I call him, cool. So, I think he would have said the same thing if he was black. He would have said something in a different direction. But it just turned out to be Larry Bird. And I apologized after that many, many times.»
Rodman went on to praise denver nuggets center Nikola Jokic, saying the NBA Finals MVP is a better player than Bird.
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«I think the guy from Denver is a lot better than him,» Rodman said.
«He’s slow as hell, but that guy’s got a game,» Rodman continued. «I think he’s better than Larry Bird. Today.
«Compare him to Larry Bird, I think people would pick him up.»
Bird was a three-time NBA champion and one of only three players to win three consecutive games. regular season MVP Awards.