McDermott replicated Larry Bird Sports Illustrated cover from 1979, but the comparisons stop there. This kid is smart about the questions, and doesn't bite at the Bird talk.. Have we traded the 6th pick yet for Kevin Love?
But McDermott cringes when Bird's name is invariably invoked as part of those comps.
"It’s really not fair," said McDermott. "I don’t think you can compare anyone to Larry Bird. There’s not going to be another one. It’s good to have a guy like that for everyone to look up to, all these young guys, myself included, because it’s the best of the best right there -- him, Magic [Johnson], Michael [Jordan]. You can’t compare guys to those three, I don’t think. I just take pieces of his game and try to apply it to mine."