Paul Pierce took another shot at LeBron James as the former Celtics star mentions that the Lakers superstar should be disqualified from the GOAT debate if loses to Lillard and his Blazers in 2020 in the first round of the playoffs. LeBron James put up staggering numbers in the first game against the Blazers but ended up on the losing side after Lillard, Melo and Trent Jr. ended up making clutch threes in the dying moments of the game.
Paul Pierce vs Lebron James
Paul Pierce and LeBron James have a storied history as they have been bitter rivals over the course of their careers. Pierce took another shot at the 3-time NBA champion as he stated that LeBron should be disqualified from the GOAT race if he loses in the first round of the NBA playoffs. To put it into perspective, the 4-time MVP award winner has never lost a first round clash in his storied career.
Pierce created a stir last month when he excluded LeBron James from his all-time top 5 greats list. The current ESPN analyst included Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant in his list.
LeBron James and Pierce faced off multiple times in the eastern conference during LeBron’s initial foray into the league. Pierce ignited the rivalry by spitting on LeBron’s face in 2003. The former NBA champion also got the wood on James several times during their initial match-ups.
However, when the chips were down in Game 6 of the eastern conference finals in 2012 and Pierce guarded LeBron, the King sent Pierce into retirement by rolling over the veteran. LeBron played like a possessed man that night and started the downfall of Pierce in the league.
(2006) 13 years ago today, LeBron James and Paul Pierce put on a show for the ages.@paulpierce34: 50 points, 8 reb, 7 ast. 🍀@KingJames: 43 points, 12 reb, 11 ast, W. 👑 pic.twitter.com/wdXc05NHlJ
— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) February 15, 2019
5 years ago, Paul Pierce asked to guard LeBron James, saying he knew his tendencies more than anyone.
LeBron scored 49 points (67% FG) on him, leading the Heat to a Game 4 win. pic.twitter.com/KtOZktSbxH
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 14, 2019