According to Paul Pierce, the other #23 that people usually mention in those talks isn't anywhere close to MJ's level. His latest work against James?
Paul Pierce fired off a take created to incite anger, so it must be a day that ends in "Y".
Their beef has has continued despite Pierce retiring in 2017, and it made headlines once again when Pierce claimed that James is not a top-five player all-time.
Pierce said his rather radical stance was motivated by the fact LeBron never "build up any organization from the ground". Well, yes, I give them respect, but I got a setup. A lot of times he's left out of the conversation.More news: Joe Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo VP vetting process, report says
"Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar], Magic [Johnson], [Michael] Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe [Bryant], [Larry] Bird, these guys are all top-10 players who either helped build up their organization or continued the tradition". And came back to Cleveland to put that team together.
Paul Pierce explained why he doesn't have LeBron in his top-5. His two NBA Finals victories with the Miami Heat came when he teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and when he went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he had Kyrie Irving as a co-star, and they immediately traded for power forward Kevin Love. He later suffered in Los Angeles for a year, sure, but then the Lakers swung a deal for the Pelicans' Anthony Davis last summer.
Pierce spent over a decade battling with James for supremacy in the Eastern Conference and the two crossed paths in the playoffs four times. "(James) went and put together that team in Miami. Hell, they almost came to blows after a preseason game in 2004.
While Pierce certainly had some highlights in his career, they pale in comparison to James, who will likely be remembered as one of the best in the history of the game - no matter how much the Celtics legend spits in his direction.More news: Google Meet crosses 50 million mark in Google Play Store downloads
Perkins also divulged what happened after the game ended.
"Here's the thing: Paul Pierce's list is personal. Boston and Paul Pierce would kind of be that [rival], if I had to name just one".
After the clip went viral, Pierce later doubled down on Twitter, and shared that LeBron doesn't even make his top-7.
Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group.More news: Covid-19 worldwide cases near 4.9 million; death toll at 318,465