But who are you comparing him to? Dr. J? Michael Jordan? Clyde Drexler?
Let's compare him athleticly to our own Waymond Tisdale.
Do you still think Larry was slower & not able to jump has high? Sorry, but it's just a myth that has grown as time has gone on.
When you are comparing him to other players of his time frame you have to compare him to other players who were 6'9" tall & I can tell you that Larry could hold his own in a foot race with most of them & he would certainly beat out a few of them.
I bet if we lined up Larry (prior to back injury's) against Waymond Tisdale in a foot race Larry would win.
Larry would have been able to jump as high as Mike Bantom although he probably wasn't a quick as Mike.
What about Len Elmore he was only 6'9" tall, do you think he was an athletic wonder? I saw Lenny play many of times & I can tell you that although he was a good decent center, he wasn't in Larry's realm as far as speed.
BTW, this should help put this into perspective as well. Lenny was 6'9" tall & weighed 10 pounds less than Larry yet he played Center.
Bird switched between the 3 & 4 depending on who was in with him, although it could be argued he was still the 3 even when Cornbread Maxwell as in the game.