Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer
LeBron James spoke glowingly of Larry Bird after tying him for No. 6 on the all-time triple-doubles list with the 59th of his career on Thursday. "He's one of the greatest players to ever play the game," James said. "Kid from French Lick. Boston. And one of the few guys that ever be in a 3-point contest and shoot with a warm-up shirt on. And, but just his like, he played until he couldn't play no more. Obviously, we know that. He just played until he literally couldn't play the game no more. He gave everything he had. And for young guys that don't know him, they think of Larry Bird as a jump shooter. But he was so much more than that. He was a passer. He averaged double digit rebounds. He defended. He took charges. And it's just straight up complete basketball player and me as a small forward, Scottie (Pippen), Bird, Doc (Julius Irving), George Gervin, the guys I kind of looked up to being a small forward. And they kind of set the precedent of what it is to go out there as a professional and give it all. So, I've always been a fan of Larry Bird and if I linked with any of the greats, especially like him, it's pretty cool."