SNYDER: LeBron touted by legend Bird, but Heat star doesn’t have Kobe’s rings

LeBron James has advanced to the NBA Finals with two teams, but he has yet to win a ring. (Associated Press)LeBron James has advanced to the NBA Finals with two teams, but he has yet to win a ring. (Associated Press)
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Bird didn’t have to choose between MJ and Magic as players he’d like to play with — they hooked up on the Dream Team during the 1992 Olympics. But if forced to pick one, I bet Bird would’ve chosen having fun (and winning) with Johnson, instead of simply playing (and winning) with Jordan.

Magic proved that both are possible, as did Walton. But until James does likewise, an old-school baller like Bird won’t make him the undisputed No. 1 choice in imaginary pickup games.

“It’s simple,” James told reporters after Bird chose playing with Bryant to win. “[Kobe] has five rings and I have none, so it’s easy to say that. If I had five rings and Kobe had none, it’d probably be the other way around.”

Definitely.

That doesn’t mean James — with career averages of 28 points per game with seven rebounds and seven assists — isn’t the best player today. It just means he has a lot of work to do.

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