When LeBron James' durability baffled Larry Bird in 2019 interview: "I don't know how in hell he stays healthy"

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LeBron James of the LA Lakers dunking in an NBA game.

Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird was left baffled by LeBron James' durability in a 2019 interview. Bird had nothing but praise for "The King," whom he called one of his favorite players to watch in the NBA.

In an interview with Marc J. Spears of Andscape in 2019, Bird discussed a variety of topics about the league. He said that he still watched a lot of basketball games in the NBA and NCAA. Bird also put an emphasis on James' durability when asked which current NBA stars are his favorites.

"Obviously, LeBron," Bird said. "I can't compare him to anybody because he's so great, just like Michael (Jordan) was. They're very special, and I don't know how in hell he stays healthy. But that's probably one of the great qualities of his game, being able to stay healthy playing that many minutes."

LeBron James is considered one of the most durable players in NBA history. It might not be the case since he joined the LA Lakers, but James has not suffered any major injuries.

In the first 15 seasons of his career, "The King" only missed 71 regular season games out of a possible 1,143. Since taking his talents to Hollywood, though, James has missed 91 regular season games already.

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In addition to James, Bird also praised Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and the Golden State Warriors. Bird pointed out Leonard's performances in the Toronto Raptors' championship run in 2019 and Klay Thompson's 60 points against the Indiana Pacers.

"Kevin Durant is special," Bird said. "Kawhi Leonard‘s run last year in the playoffs, unbelievable. All the Golden State guys, the way they play the game, the way they respect the game. I am still amazed that Klay Thompson could score 60 points on 11 dribbles."

When LeBron James thought Larry Bird was one of the coldest NBA players

Larry Bird at the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
Larry Bird at the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

In the premiere episode of "Throwing Bones" on UNINTERRUPTED in January, Gary Payton called Larry Bird one of the greatest trash-talkers in NBA history. He also called Bird one of the coldest players ever, as he told defenders what he was going to do before doing it.

"Bird used to tell me, 'Look here man. I'm gonna go shoot this motherf**king jumper in your face right there in that corner. And it's gonna be your Christmas present. I'm gonna wrap it up and bust your head open.' All that sh*t," Payton said.
"Look here, man, I'm gonna go shoot this mothaf--kin' jumper in your face right there in that corner and it's gonna be your Christmas present."Gary Payton on Larry Bird being one of the greatest trash-talkers of all time(via @uninterrupted)

LeBron James agreed with Payton's assessment of the "Larry Legend." James shared a clip a from the episode in a story on Instagram.

"YES HE WAS!!" James wrote.

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