Who Would You Pick Between Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson?

March 22nd, 2010 by Darrell Horwitz Leave a reply »
A while back, Rick Reilly, then with Sports Illustrated, wrote a column declaring that Kobe Bryant was better than Michael Jordan.

I won't give credence to that article by starting that debate, but there is an intriguing comparison involving Kobe that I think is much more worthy of discussion.

How would Kobe Bryant compare to Larry Bird and Magic Johnson?

If you were going to start a team, which one would you pick, and in what order would you pick them?

Bird and Magic first matched up in college with Magic's Michigan State team topping Indiana State.

Bird got his revenge during the 1983-84 campaign beating the Lakers 4-3, with Bird walking away with MVP honors.

Magic returned the favor in the '86-87 season, topping the Celts 4-2 with Magic copping the MVP.

Surprisingly, those are the only two times they faced each other in the Finals during their careers, considering they were the dominate franchises in the '80s.

The Celtics had a 3-2 record in the Finals under Bird, while Magic and the Lakers were 5-4 in Magic's tenure.

Kobe's been on four ...

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