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Hall of Famer Larry Bird sat down with ESPN. Nick Williams Jersey .com recently and opened up about how he thinks the current era of NBA players compare to his eras stars. And yes, even Larry Legend is surprised at just how much money is pouring into the game now.Q: Whats changed in this league, obviously, is the financial and economic impact of it all. When you guys talk to each other, guys who played 20, 30 years ago, are you as stunned as fans at all the money that has come into the game? A: Id be lying if I told you I thought it would get to this point. I never thought that. Im happy it has. That means the leagues doing well, the owners are doing well, the players are doing well. Thats what it was all about. But you got to remember, when I came into the league, the guys before me were bitchin about how much money I made. So it just goes down the line, so thats how it works.Q: As a former player, do you look at these guys and go, Do you know how lucky you are? Given all the money pouring into the league.A: No, I always tell the kids that you get what you deserve. Just leave the game better than you found it. And its good for everyone when it happens.Q: I saw you said recently in a New Yorker article, My era, you always think thats the greatest era, but Im not so sure anymore. Why do you believe that now? A: Because everybody that plays, no matter if it was 60s, 70s, 80s, they think their eras the best. Well, prove it to me. Like I said earlier, I think we have more stars than they do now. On every team, they had at least one, maybe two. Im talking about Dominique Wilkins -- you just go down the line. But in saying that, I dont think our eras any better than anyone elses, when it comes right down to it.Q: Do you think there are better all-around players before the current era? A: I dont know. Theres some guys I really like to watch play. Draymond Green is fun to watch. All of those [Michigan] State guys are because they defend, and they play, they play together -- thats how I like the game to be played. Move the ball, cut, pass; if you do the right things, youll get it right back. I dont know, I hate to compare eras. Its been so long since I played, but I liked to play the total game. Magic liked to play the total game. Some guys are just scorers. Some guys just defend and rebound. But the guys that are playing now are just as good as what we were when we played.Q: Youve been around the game your whole life. What would you do to put the game in a better place than where its at now? A: I dont know. Its hard, and we work on it continuously, is how the games called. The one thing Ive always been disappointed in is guys driving, jumping into the defensive player and getting calls. Its a league of points. They love to have points on the board. But I think good defenders get beat down sometimes because they dont get to play. Some guys in this league are in here because they play defense. I just wish they would clean up some of the areas in the officiating. Its really not the officials. Its really how the rules are written. But its getting to where guys are just driving, getting bail-out calls by jumping into defensive players, and thats not how the game, in my mind, is supposed to be played. Steve Carlton Jersey . SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. Juan Samuel Jersey . -- The boos poured down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at the end of a horrible first half. . "Were just throwing s--- at the wall hoping something sticks," said Tortorella about the possible line combinations for Fridays game against Columbus. The Canucks have lost five straight games and six of their last seven, leaving them in a logjam in the Pacific Division, currently sitting fifth - good for ninth in the Western Conference. OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- As confident as trainer Tony Dutrow was that his 2-year-old Mo Town was going to run a big race in Saturdays Grade 2 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, he didnt necessarily know if that would be good enough to win it.The horse was coming off a two-month layoff, missed a scheduled start in the Nashua in early November due to a sore gluteal muscle, and was facing a fast and formidable foe in Takaful.But none of that mattered Saturday as Mo Town rallied past the pacesetting Takaful in midstretch and easily held No Dozing at bay to win the $300,000 Remsen Stakes by 2-1/2 lengths and give Dutrow and his new partners reason for optimism as they look ahead to the colts 3-year-old year.I feel very strongly we have not seen what this horse is capable of yet, Dutrow said in the winners circle.What we have seen so far is a talented, well-bred colt -- hes a son of Uncle Mo -- who has now won two of three starts, including a graded stakes going 1-1/8 miles around two turns. The win in the Remsen gave Mo Town 10 qualifying points toward the May 6 Kentucky Derby under a system utilized by Churchill Downs should the Derby, as usually happens, draw more than 20 entrants.Mo Town won despite having to be the one to make the first run at Takaful, who was bet to 4-5 favoritism after an impressive maiden wing going 6-1/2 furlongs at Belmont on Oct. 29. Takaful broke awkwardly, and when he recovered, he dragged jockey Jose Ortiz to the lead, opening up a 4-1/2-length advantage after running an opening quarter in 23.47 seconds.Mo Town, under John Velazquez, was fourth going into the first turn, but when neither Newman nor Win With Pride decided to go after Takaful, Velazquez felt he had to with Mo Town and moved him within a length of Takaful after a half-mile in 48.84 seconds.Nobody wants to go with him, so I had to do the dirty job, Velazquez said.Mo Town tracked Takaful from a length behind through six furlongs in 1:14.02. Mo Town drew closer approaching the quarter pole, drew on equal terms at the three-sixteenths, and moved into the lead before the eighth pole. Mitch Williams Jersey. He extended his advantage in the final furlong, which he ran in 12.71 seconds, and covered the 1-1/8 miles in 1:51.59. He returned $10.40 as the second choice.I thought in watching the race that Mo Town was very comfortable the entire race, Dutrow said. Ive always felt like he was a good horse; for him to prove this much so far, I got to feel great.Mo Town lost his debut on Travers Day at Saratoga and then won a one-mile maiden race at Belmont by seven lengths on Sept. 24. It was after that race that Dutrow and his Team D Stables sold a majority interest in Mo Town to the Coolmore connections of Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor.Dutrow said Mo Town would winter in Payson Park in Florida, and if it was up to him, he would like to bring the horse back to New York for the Grade 3 Gotham at Aqueduct on March 4.No Dozing, coming off a fourth to Classic Empire in the Breeders Futurity, had a wide trip, breaking from post 9 under Daniel Centeno, and was simply second-best.He ran great. I wish he would have had the opportunity to save a little bit more ground, trainer Arnaud Delacour said. Nobody to blame, just circumstances. We had an outside post. Its a little bit hard, but he ran a really good race.Takaful had everybody excited after his eight-length maiden win at Belmont. Still, going from one 6-1/2-furlong race to 1-1/8 miles is a big jump, and the awkward start definitely didnt help.The break didnt help us, and he looked like he was pretty keen the first eighth after the break, but he dug in and held on for third, said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.Following Takaful, the order of finish was Win With Pride, Youre to Blame, Tale of Silence, Tellmeafookystory, Hookup, Newman, and Lead Astray. China Jerseys WholesaleChina NFL JerseysWholesale Stitched JerseysChina JerseysNFL T-shirts From ChinaCheap NFL T-shirtsWholesale Jerseys 2019 ' ' '