Kevin Durant was recently asked which NBA legend would he have wanted to play with the most.
Here is what he said: “Larry Bird because I just respect him so much, how humble he is, how he was just all about playing the game of basketball above nothing else. Just how hard he played and how skilled he was.”
Before we analyze Durant’s pick in Bird, just think for a moment how insane a Durant-Bird would be.
It’s an interesting pick though for Durant. He was kind of on the spot it appears with the question but he didn’t hesitate in saying Bird’s name.
What isn’t surprising is that one of the things Durant admires about Bird is what he embodies himself. He says he loves how humble Bird was and we all know just how humble Durant is.
Durant is actually probably much more humble than Bird. Bird is more subdued with how he speaks but is actually one of the most confident, cocky players of all-time, especially known for talking trash and calling his shots.
While a Durant-Bird duo would be awesome to see, maybe the best player that you could have play alongside Durant is someone playing today.
Durant and LeBron James showed in the 2012 Olympics just how perfect their games are for each other. In that setting with the two mostly playing the two forward spots, interchangeably and side by side, they blended together perfectly.
LeBron’s pass-first attitude next to the deadliest scorer in the world made for one of the more unstoppable basketball combinations the world has ever seen. When they ran the pick-and-pop together, there was no chance of anyone or anything stopping them.
Durant and Bird together would have been a similar version to Durant and LeBron. Of course LeBron is the greater athlete but the brilliant plays that Bird would make teamed up with Durant would surely be one of a kind as well.