Re: Do some people really think Larry Bird couldn't dominate like he did, in this era?
if you underrate bird as a player in this era you demonstrate a shallow understanding not just of the player but the eras being compared.
he was a complete player, not a specialist. complete players are rare, especially today.
not only was he a rare complete player but the game for him was slowed down because of his combination of skills and court vision.
he was a tenacious competitor who was able to psych out opponents, get into their heads and under their skin. much of this was related to his arsenal of ball, head, shoulder, and foot fakes. that art of deception nullified whatever supposed faults he had so far as being slow and unathletic which in itself is kind of silly when you remember what he was like during the first half of his career. no doubt back problems caught up with him eventually but still....
once a franchise player, always a franchise player.