Netease Sports reported on September 28:
Whether it was as a player or after switching to a basketball commentator, Paul Pierce never boasted about his "enemy" LeBron James. However, led by LeBron
Earlier, Pierce had said that in his own mind, LeBron James is not even a top five star in history. After LeBron reached the finals again, Pierce seemed to be overcome by this old opponent. Pierce said: "It is not easy to reach the NBA Finals. LeBron has done it 10 times. So his historical status is rising."
So, can LeBron rank among the top five in history now? Pierce said seriously: "I'm serious. If LeBron can win this year, then in my mind he is second only to Michael Jordan." Therefore, LeBron directly from the top five in Pierce's mind. Leap to the second in history? Pierce also admitted: "Yes, but he still has a lot of work to complete."
It is really rare to say this from Paul Pierce. In the player period, Pierce has always been LeBron's opponent. At the beginning of LeBron's career, Pierce and his Celtics eliminated the Cavaliers in the playoffs several times. Even if he was completely blown up in the matchup data with LeBron, Pierce never convinced the opponent.
After retiring, Pierce changed his career as a basketball commentator, and has been fighting on the "anti-Jan frontline." Earlier, Pierce made many remarks that belittle LeBron. But this time he finally served LeBron and became another opponent who was defeated by LeBron.