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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Coach confirmed to be a casual.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    How do we take this into the GOAT context?

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawkFactory View Post
    He didnít say it was ďeasierĒ. He just said heíd rather do it. Huge difference.

    Jordan could give him 35 every time but he knew what heís getting.

    Bird could give him 35 or 18 in an entirely different way within the context of the game. You had no idea with him. Which was point. If his life was on the line and he had to stop someone from scoring the answer would certainly change.

    Itís a personal preference.

    lmao wtf?

    Why would he rather guard MJ if it was harder?

    He even goes on to mention why.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by ArbitraryWater View Post
    lmao wtf?

    Why would he rather guard MJ if it was harder?

    He even goes on to mention why.
    I feel like Iíve already explained my position on it. If youíre going against someone who is just better than you and thereís nothing you can do about it, sometimes thatís easier than playing someone else who you truly feel competitive against but canít figure out.

    Also, Iíve seen the real life version of him saying this. It was a part of a Larry Bird documentary special so we can take that with a grain of salt.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Pretty clear what he is saying. Bird outmatched you mentally, MJ physically, and I reckon it isn't just about scoring prowess. Bird was a superior facilitator and everyone was a threat on the floor, making him more unpredictable moment to moment. You played MJ for the score first and foremost. To me it's like asking who is easier to guard, Steph or Durant? Durant in a ISO situation is impossible to defend, he's a 7 foot sniper who will get to his spots and there isn't much you can do. Steph provides a different threat because his gravity opens up things for everyone else on the floor. Who is harder or easier to guard is up to the individual.
    Last edited by Phoenix; 12-01-2023 at 09:53 PM.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by ShawkFactory View Post
    He didnít say it was ďeasierĒ. He just said heíd rather do it. Huge difference.

    Jordan could give him 35 every time but he knew what heís getting.

    Bird could give him 35 or 18 in an entirely different way within the context of the game. You had no idea with him. Which was point. If his life was on the line and he had to stop someone from scoring the answer would certainly change.

    Itís a personal preference.
    This is an intelligent and astute post.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    There was a game somewhere in the Kobe era when the Lakers were visiting the Bobcats and the Lakers sideline reporte briefly interviewed Jordan.

    Worthy does analysis for the Lakers and he was doing halftime analysis in the studio and the reporter brought him up to Jordan.

    In the course of the convo Jordan said that Worthy was actually up on him in their 1 on 1 matchups.

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    Of course it was easier because he knew he couldn't stop or hold MJ while with Bird he had to think about how could stop or hold him.

    Just like it is easier for Captain America vs Thanos because he knows he will get his A kicked, but against Iron Man he has to think about how he could defeat him.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix View Post
    Pretty clear what he is saying. Bird outmatched you mentally, MJ physically, and I reckon it isn't just about scoring prowess. Bird was a superior facilitator and everyone was a threat on the floor, making him more unpredictable moment to moment. You played MJ for the score first and foremost. To me it's like asking who is easier to guard, Steph or Durant? Durant in a ISO situation is impossible to defend, he's a 7 foot sniper who will get to his spots and there isn't much you can do. Steph provides a different threat because his gravity opens up things for everyone else on the floor. Who is harder or easier to guard is up to the individual.
    Maybe. But MJ shot lights out against the Lakers in 91 while also dishing out 11 assists per game. It's not like MJ was one dimensional. During the 80's MJ was forced to be a one man show. Bird wasn't.
    When the Bulls were championship caliber...just when Worthy, Cooper and Moncrief were getting old or retiring... MJ's game opened up more. More post ups, more off ball movement, more passing, etc. But even when he was a one man show, he was averaging 35 on 53% shooting. Even if they knew what was coming, they couldn't stop it. That's the very definition of "un-guardable".

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    MJ in the 80's was worried about architecture. Bird's house was already built so he could focus on interior decorating. In other words, MJ was focused on keeping his team in games against better opponents. Bird could pick and choose his method of attack knowing his team was was the best in the East. We saw MJ do the same thing in the 90's.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by Da_Realist View Post
    MJ in the 80's was worried about architecture. Bird's house was already built so he could focus on interior decorating. In other words, MJ was focused on keeping his team in games against better opponents. Bird could pick and choose his method of attack knowing his team was was the best in the East. We saw MJ do the same thing in the 90's.
    That's what it boils down to. Jordan never had a team as great as those 80s Celtics around him.

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by SATAN View Post
    MJ stan "logic"

    Pippen getting his ass swatted by Bird That 9'1 standing reach was no joke. Him and McHale were long AF.

    Poor Reggie Lewis. Cocaine is a hell of a drug H

    Reggie was probably high as a kite when he was swatting MJ like crazy

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Quote Originally Posted by SATAN View Post
    MJ stan "logic"

    Typical one-brain-cell reply from a limited brain cell supply poster

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    Default Re: James Worthy Says That Guarding Michael Jordan Was Easier Than Guarding Larry Bir

    Says the guy that thinks Mikey was a literal hero.

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