Originally posted by Joecool:Originally posted by LA9erFan:Originally posted by jimrat201:
He wasnt the greatest passer of all time like the video says but Dirk is nowhere near Birds league. Level of competition isnt like today lol.........idiotic statement
Nah, his friend is right about that part. There weren't too many Dirk Nowitzki's in Bird's day. Or Pau Gasol's, Manu Ginobili's, Yao Ming's, Tony Parker's, Luol Deng's, Nene's, Kirilenko's, Barbosa's, Stojakovic's, Turkoglu's, Okur's, etc.
The entire world is playing basketball these days and then coming to the NBA. In Bird's day, it was mostly just America, with a couple of exceptions. Much higher competition level today...but Bird still woulda dominated because he's still mentally faster than almost everyone else, just like Nash.
One could say that these guys would not be able to play as well in Birds era due to the allowable contact and style of play. It was much more aggressive possibly because it was all American. I still think it can be argued that the talent was better then as a lot of players who retired about 7 years ago played in that era. If there is a difference, it may have been average height but again, todays taller player like Dirk and the list above are accustomed to a "softer" game.
I agree with you. IMO, Bird would walk all over this Era just like he did in the 80's. This era has no hand checking and no dominant "true" centers in the paint. The NBA was way more physical is Bird's day. If he played in this era, he'd probably have even more points and rebounds than he did. Anyone saying Dirk is better than Bird must have never watched basketball before 2000.