Did I really just sit hear and hear Mark Jackson say "Lebron was better then Larry Bird"? If anyone knows about 80s and 90s basketball you would think it would be him. I often hear alot of these NBA analysts trying to hype up todays game, which is understandable because it is making money and popular as it has ever been. And trust me the athletes are far superior when it comes to speed and athleticism. Sports science and technology has evolved to where they have the best diets, medicines, and equipment to make a modern day athlete with the right NBA body, and right speed or whatever. To make the player they all look for in the NBA and NFL draft. But there is always that Russell Wilson guy that breaks that mold and doesn't fit the prototype, he has that thing that is missing. Yes todays athlete is superior on many stages. But look at the game. Look at 76 fouls on 3 point shots so far in the playoffs, look at all the turnovers, look at all the guys just letting players go by them, and blown assignments, the flopping. Todays game is no where near as intelligent, tough, or fundamental it was during this previous time period. Those mistakes would find you at the bottem of the bench, back then. Yes people had off games every once in awhile but it has been every night in these series. I truely believe as great a athlete Lebron is , and how physical he is with guys in the league in this era. He couldnt have been then. One of his weakness has always been toughness and Mental toughness. I think in 80s and 90s basketball he would have been more like a Jamal Mashburn, then the superstar he is today. I really think the Heat team of today would have suffered the losses that alot of great teams did to Jordan and the Bulls. I truely don't even see this team beating and more then likely getting swept by teams like the Cavs team that everyone remembers losing to the shot by Jordan, with great talents in Price, Nance, Daughtery. I see Daughtery dominating down low due to Miamis weak inside, and I see Price dominating both of Miami's one guards the entire series. No way they beat Stockton and Malone's Jazz, Birds Celtics, Magic's Lakers. Isiah's Pistons would drive Lebron insane, Drexler's Blazers I dont even know if they could beat the lower end teams like Wilkin's hawks. I could see Willis with his toughness and muscle just bullying these guys. I don't think basing what this guy is doing now, to one of the greatest eras of basketball, and a living Legend is fair. There are few guys in the league like Duncan who could have played as well as they do now then.