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Larry Bird: Win with Kobe; Have fun with LeBron

Larry Bird recently sat down with Bill Simmons for a podcast session and had some interesting things to say about LeBron James.

First off, Bird said LeBron is without question the best player in the game today.

"LeBron James is by far our best player in this league," Bird said. "I don’t think there’s anyone next to him."

But then Bird was asked who in the game he would like to play an entire season with. Bird went with Kobe Bryant because of "his desire to win, his dedication in the offseason to get better and he’s tough. He’s just a tough cat."

Bird added: "But if you want to have fun like I did with Bill Walton you play with LeBron. It would probably have been more fun to play with LeBron but if you want to win and win and win it’s Kobe. Not that LeBron isn’t a winner."

LeBron was asked about Bird's remarks after Wednesday night's loss to the Magic:

"It's simple, [Kobe] has five rings and I have none so it's easy to say that," James said. "If I had five rings and Kobe had none, it'd probably be the other way around."

-joe

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