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COMPARE AND CONTRAST JORDAN AND BIRDNow that Michael Jordan has retired again its time to re-examine what was once a heated debate in basketball circles Who is better Michael Jordan or Larry Bird There was a time that this was as talked about an issue as Is professional wrestling real or staged Much like the wrestling question debate over the greatest player in NBA history has always said that the answer is obvious A look at the numbers will show however that the title of NBAs All-Time Greatest Player is still very much in dispute In comparing these two extraordinary athletes I frist examined the statistics of both players which proved to be very interesting Larry Bird came out on top in the free throws with an average 89 to Jordans 84 Larry also came out on top in three point category with a life time average 38 to MJs 33 Rebounds per game also leaned in Larry favor 10 to MJs 6Assists where another category that Bird got the better of Jordan in with 6 a game for Larry and 5 for MJ In the steals per game category they tied with 2 per game They also where almost identical in blocks per game with life time averages of 89 a game for MJ and 87 a game for Larry not that impressive of a sat for either of them Know lets talk about the categories that Michael Jordan was better in Like shooting percentage Jordan Leeds Bird in this category 51 to Birds 50 I think that when you look at this sat it is important to remember that Bird played in an era with out the high percentage slam dunk that MJ made famous Now points per game MJ had 31 a game to Larrys 24 this is the only sat where MJ has a decisive edge over LarrySo what does it all mean Was Larry better than Michael Not necessarily
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