Larry Bird says Michael Jordan would 'kill' him in one-on-one

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Larry Bird was on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday to discuss a variety of topics, but the conversation got sidetracked when the Celtics legend received a phone call in the middle of the interview.

Patrick asked about the call and wondered if it was Michael Jordan on the other line. Bird responded by saying, "Probably." That's when Patrick asked the question, "Could you take Jordan right now?" Bird responded by saying, "Boy that'd be a good game" before eventually falling back into reality.

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"A one-on-one with Jordan? God, I hate to admit this, but he'd kill me," Bird said.

Patrick said he wasn't buying it, but Bird explained why he wouldn't be able to compete.

"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," he said. "But it'd be a pretty close game."

The question came up after an earlier discussion when Patrick asked Bird about some comments Jordan made earlier this offseason. Jordan stated he could beat current Hornets players in a one-on-one competition.

Patrick: Was there ever point when you were coaching that you were better than somebody on your roster?

Bird: Back when I was 40? Nah, I don't know about that.

Patrick: What about shooting?

Bird: Oh yeah. When it came to shooting, ain't no problem.

Patrick: OK, was there a point where you were coaching, where you were the best shooter on the team?

Bird: No, Reggie was here. Chris Mullin was here. Sam Perkins. We had some pretty good shooters.

Discussion about Jordan's one-on-one game has been popular this year. In May, a survey found that 34 percent of fans think Jordan would win right now in a one-on-one against LeBron James.


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