Paul Pierce says there’s NO WAY LeBron James deserves to be considered one of the 5 best players in NBA history … and he’s got a pretty ironic reason for the snub.
The Boston Celtics legend dropped the scorching hot take on ESPN Monday, saying the King never established a winning culture on his own … and therefore, shouldn’t be mentioned among the best in the game.
“I go back and I ask myself, ‘What has LeBron did to build up any organization from the ground-up?'”
“Look at the names I said — 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 organizations or continued the tradition.”
Pierce explained his case against LBJ … saying, “He went and put together a team in Miami. He came back to Cleveland to put that team together. Then he went to the Lakers, where a tradition has already been made and that’s still to be continued … so, that’s my argument.”
Jay Williams tried to talk some sense into Pierce … saying, “You don’t need to make an organization great in order to be one of the greatest of all time.”
But, The Truth wasn’t hearing any of it … saying his Top 5 is MJ, Kareem, Russell, Magic and Kobe.
Of course, Pierce’s take is a bit hypocritical … considering his only championship came when he teamed up with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to form the first “super team” in 2007 — but then again, no one’s putting Pierce in their top lists.
On top of the take, Pierce has thrown some major shade at Bron’s Lakers back in 2019 … telling TMZ Sports “LeBron is doing very well out here — with his production company.”
So … is Pierce just bitter … or is he really speaking his Truth??