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Today in Hypothetical NBA Debates: Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan in one-on-one!

No, we're not asking who'd win a battle in their primes, nor a real-life version of those Bird-Jordan McDonald's commercials. We're talking about a question posed to the Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations Monday on the Dan Patrick Show.

That question: Could Bird, 58, take Jordan, 52, right now?

"Could I take Jordan? Where's this going? Can I wear my Hickory uniform? Boy, that'd be a good game," Bird said, before offering the goods:

"I hate to admit this, but he'd kill me. ... 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 that I once had ... but it'd be a pretty close game."

Ah, there's the trash-talker we know and love, unable to fully commit to the idea of getting killed on the court by a rival.

This came as part of a larger conversation based on Jordan's comments from June, in which he said he was "pretty sure" he could beat the members of his Charlotte Hornets one-on-one.

Bird was having none of that, by the way. When he heard Jordan said he could beat his players now, Bird offered a big laugh.

"Now?" he said. "Oh, gee. Come on.

"He can believe whatever he wants. ... He'd have to prove that to me. Man, [star athletes have] to let this stuff go. ... That's just ridiculous."

Bird was also asked if he was ever better than someone who was on his roster while he coached the Pacers (from 1997 to 2000, when he was 40-43).

"I don't know about that," he said. And what about shooting?

"Oh yeah. Oh God yeah. Standing still, shooting? Ain't no problem."

Still, he said, he was never the best shooter while he coached the Pacers.

"Nah, Reggie [Miller] was here, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins; they had some pretty good shooters."

And speaking of shooting, Bird weighed in on another debate: Is, as a number of sharpshooting legends have suggested, Stephen Curry the best shooter of all time?

"I don't know about that," Bird said. "Chris Mullin was pretty good. ... [But] deep shooter, Curry is about one of the best."

Are you in the conversation, Bird was asked?

His answer, without hesitation: "Yep."

For more from Bird -- including talk of his high school days, whether he could have gone pro at 18-19 and more, check out the full interview here.

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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

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NBA free agency predictions?

NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?

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Pacers stay alive vs. Heat

Things looked bleak for the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. They trailed the Miami Heat by 11 in the third quarter, having scored just 37 points in 28 minutes. Then they charged back, took a lead after three frames and held on to win 93-90 thanks to Paul George (who scored 21 of his 37 in the final period). Does this give the Pacers new life? Is George a superstar? Do you like Lance Stephenson, who continued his push to get under LeBron James' skin?

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  • Did LeBron James make a mistake by passing to Chris Bosh for a 3 when the Heat trailed by two with less than 10 seconds left)?

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Heat win Game 2 to even series

For a minute there, it appeared the Indiana Pacers would leave Indianapolis up 2-0 on the two-time defending-champion Miami Heat. But LeBron James, Dwyane Wade & Co. dug in, and managed to even the series with a strong fourth quarter in a 87-83 win. Will Miami go on to take the East for a fourth straight year?

Which team will win the Eastern Conference finals? (Tied 1-1)

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  • Which team will win the NBA title?

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