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You Tube Gold: No Passing Fancy

Watch Larry Bird move the ball around and ask if he could play today. And then realize what a dumb question that is.

1988 NBA All-Star Game
 CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 7: Larry Bird #33 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars passes against Hakeem Olajuwon #34 of the Western Conference All-Stars during the 1988 NBA All-Star Game on February 7, 1988 at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.
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As the ESPN documentary The Last Dance rolls on, some of his contemporaries are being looked at again, notably Isaiah Thomas, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Whenever old players come up in conversation, inevitably the question is: could they play today?

People have certainly asked that about Bird. Well the answer is....absolutely.

Bird was never the most athletic player but he had gifts that are timeless: great instincts, great hands and great court vision.

When you watch this video of his greatest passes, you’ll remember or come to understand that in basketball, those gifts are timeless. Bird used the court like a conductor uses an orchestra.

Our guess is that if you asked him, Jordan would say hell yes Bird could play today.