Larry Bird.

Hall of Famer Larry Bird says this might be the best era of NBA basketball

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Indiana Pacers president and Hall of Famer Larry Bird believes we might be witnessing the best era of NBA basketball ever. 

The Boston Celtics legend's comments are a welcome change to the criticism the game has received recently from other former players and legends. 

In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Bird credited back-to-back MVP Steph Curry and other small guards for changing the game and displaying an incredible ability to shoot the ball.

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"It's funny how the game has changed," Bird said. "And my thinking about it. I was really worried--back sixteen, seventeen years ago--that the little guy didn't have a spot in the N.B.A. anymore: it was just going to be the big guards like Magic Johnson. 

"But then players started shooting more threes and spacing the court, and everyone wants small guards now. Watching these kids play now, I'm like everybody else: Wow, man. They can really shoot! They have more freedom to get to the basket. The ball moves a little better.

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"These kids are shooting from farther, with more accuracy. Now some teams shoot up around thirty threes a game. My era, you always think that's the greatest era. But I'm not so sure anymore."

It is evident that this is the direction NBA basketball is heading in and the 59-year-old former three-time MVP is prepared to move with the times and implement that style with the Pacers.

Bird wanted Indiana to adopt a small-ball lineup this season, which is a hallmark of the league today, and play with a quicker tempo, something which Frank Vogel was not keen on. 

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This resulted in Bird not renewing Vogel's contract and hiring Nate McMillan as the team's new head coach. 

The fans in Indianapolis will know what style of basketball they can expect to see at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next year.

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