SI’s Chris Mannix has some interesting facts/theories into why Paul Pierce doesn’t like LeBron James:
Much was made of Paul Pierce’s request to defend James before Game 2, and make no mistake, James was keenly aware of it. There is no love lost between Pierce and James, bitter rivals who have done this dance before. Pierce, the Celtic, was responsible for ousting James from the playoffs in two of his last three years in Cleveland. When James moved to Miami, his Heat bounced Boston in two consecutive years. Pierce claims there is nothing personal between the two stars, that his disdain for James is limited to the time the two spend battling on the court.
But Pierce and James will never work out together like James and Kevin Durant, or discuss teaming up when both hit free agency next summer. James’s constant complaining irks Pierce, as does his belief, league sources say, that James once tried to recruit Doc Rivers to Cleveland when Rivers was coaching the Celtics.
Steal our coach? Oh no he didn’t…
Gotta respect Pierce’s old school mentality here. He refuses to suck up to LeBron like most of the current stars in the league.
Brooklyn is toast following last night’s 102-96 Game 4 loss to Miami. Despite LeBron’s heroics, the Nets still had a chance to win this game. Unfortunately, Jason Kidd ran two isolation plays for Joe Johnson (against LBJ) with the game on the line.
Pierce needs to get the hell out of Brooklyn. Kidd is clueless and Deron Williams is not an alpha dog.
KG should retire.