Bird played in an era where there was more scoring, so it was easier to get an assist, steal or block, but look at the advanced stats - very, very similar.
It was said of Bird that his biggest strength as a player was that he was a great passer. I have always said the same about James.
Both men have about the same number of total career win shares, both have multiple MVPs, both were always regarded as great teammates. Bird's reputation as a hard ass and trash talker does not carry over to James, who is regarded (like Wilt) as simply too nice.
Worth a blog entry at least.