The announcement – “Carmelo Anthony has just passed Larry Bird on the NBA’s all-time scoring list – knifed through me in places usually reserved for horrifying, incomprehensible news such as “Dad, the remote is broken.”
Anthony and Bird don’t belong in the same sentence, let alone the same category, but this is where facts and stats bend the truth. Melo has 21,793 career points and counting, good for 36th all-time and climbing. Bird stands one spot, and two points, behind after 13 seasons with the Celtics.
It says plenty about them, really. Anthony always has been a scorer and nothing else while Bird did everything else while scoring. Bird had 59 triple-doubles in his career, Anthony only two.
In only 27 more career games to date, Bird had 4,233 more rebounds, 2,989 more assists, 613 more steals, three more NBA titles and three more MVPs than Melo. Here’s how they belong in the same sentence: Carmelo Anthony couldn’t carry Larry Bird’s jock. Knowing that makes me feel better.
Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.
Today’s Power Takes
• Tim Graham’s Power Take: When it comes to equity, a big gender gap still exists
• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: There’s no comparison between Bird and Melo
• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Kathryn Smith’s promotion wins public-relations points