Who do you want taking the last shot: Larry Bird or Kobe Bryant? | The Tylt
ESPN’s 30 for 30 film, “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies,” featured some of the most clutch moments in NBA history, with Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant coming through for their respective teams. Boston Celtic Larry was one of the most feared shooters with the game on the line. Kobe had no anxiety taking the last shot for the Los Angeles Lakers. Who do you got? 🏀
Who do you want taking the last shot: Larry Bird or Kobe Bryant?
Before Michael Jordan, Larry Legend was the first and last guy you wanted taking the last shot with the game on the line. Bird didn’t run as fast or jump as high as the other athletes during his era, but once he put up the sweet stroke, it was all over. You knew it, he knew it. He would even tell you exactly what he was going to do, and you still wouldn’t stop him—even if you grabbed and held him.
Kobe was fearless when taking the last shot, but he missed way more times than he made. Larry Legend, on the other hand, never seemed to miss when his team needed it most.
Larry no doubt made big baskets. But how many times was he doubled? Once, maybe twice? When the game was on the line, teams would send two, even three defenders to try and pry the ball away from him; and he would still get the ball and win the game.
Larry never had to face the complex defenses Kobe faced every game. People don’t game plan like they do now. Faced with the same schemes, Larry wouldn’t nearly make as many shots against far more athletic players in the current game. Kobe is the only man you need when you need a game won.