The great Larry Bird is as grounded and realistic as he ever was. In a recent interview with Dan Patrick, he was asked if he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 right now at their advanced ages.
LB: God, I hate to admit this, but he'd kill me. (laughs)
DP: I don't know if I honestly believe that.
LB: Dan, I'm 40 pounds more than I was when I played, I'm broken down. I really don't care like I used to. I have a fight in me, but it's not the fight I once had. But it would be a pretty close game. (laughs)
There's also a funny exchange about Bird being better than players he was coaching back in the day:
DP: Was there ever point when you were coaching that you were better than somebody on your roster?
LB: Back when I was 40? Nah, I don't know about that.
DP: What about shooting?
LB: Oh yeah. When it came to shooting, ain't no problem.