Paul Pierce reacts to getting killed for latest LeBron James hot take
Paul Pierce has been on record saying that he doesn’t believe LeBron James is a top-five NBA player of all time.
"If the Lakers don't win a championship, let alone lose in the first round, I don't wanna hear none of this GOAT talk no more."
— First Take (@FirstTake) August 19, 2020
As expected, NBA Twitter ripped Paul Pierce for his latest hot take on LeBron James.
Some people just don’t understand Facts 💯💯💯it is what it is No Hate
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) August 19, 2020
James has never lost in the first round of the playoffs during his Hall of Fame career. Even though the Lakers looked lousy against the Blazers in Game 1, fans have seen LeBron-led teams in the past bounce back after losing the first game of a playoff series.
The rivalry between Pierce and James dates back to LeBron’s first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics and Cavs had plenty of battles in the NBA playoffs, and Pierce and James were usually matched up against each other.
The intensity between The Truth and The King only increased when James went to the Miami Heat. It was a fun beef to track back in the day, but Pierce is certainly being ignorant when he says LeBron isn’t a top-five player of all time. After all, James is the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists and he’s only going to continue to climb the ladder.
Moving forward, James and the Lakers will look to quiet their critics by asserting their dominance and winning the series over the Blazers. Game 2 is on Thursday.