Paul Pierce admits he spit at LeBron James, Cavaliers’ bench, throughout a 2004 preseason recreation

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When Paul Pierce went on ESPN and LeBron James isn’t a top-five player in NBA history, we all rolled our eyes. Pierce’s rationale was even worse, that James had never built an organization from the ground up and that he had “put together” teams in Cleveland and Miami.

This is hilariously foolish.

You can argue about whether Kobe, Magic or Kareem is the greatest Laker, or whether Bird or Russell is the greatest Celtic, but like Jordan with the Bulls, there is absolutely no doubt that LeBron James IS the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pierce doesn’t like stars winning with super-teams? Do we even need to point out the obvious that his only championship came after the Celtics added Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen?

Pierce clearly has something personal against LeBron, with whom he has beefed for years. It’s understandable, sort of a poorer version of Jordan and Isiah Thomas, two rivals who had multiple heated playoff showdowns. But apparently it runs deeper than that.

As Kendrick Perkins, Pierce’s former teammate in Boston, recently laid out, Pierce spit at LeBron, or in his direction at least, during a preseason game back in 2004. To be fair, Perkins says a lot of stuff, much of it utter nonsense like when he recently said James Harden is a better player than Stephen Curry because “as soon as[[[[Harden]stepped foot into the Rockets franchise, he made that franchise related once more.” As a result of Curry did not make the once-laughingstock Warriors related in any respect.

So anyway, Perkins spoke and I instinctively tuned out. However then Pierce confirmed the story.

“You already know the loopy factor about it was, it was a preseason recreation, that did not imply something,” Pierce stated throughout a digital ESPN roundtable. “I do not know, me and LeBron going backwards and forwards, the bench is yelling at one thing. And I look over on the bench, and I am like, ‘That is why y’all are on the bench’ or one thing, and I spit at them.

“And I am unsure if I hit any person or not, however I spit in that path. After which it simply type of — tempers flared up, the subsequent factor you already know, we had been within the hallway, it was about to go down. That is simply type of, like, the premise of the whole lot.”

Who’s to say if this incident stays the foundation of Pierce’s clear beef with James, however I’ll say this: Whether it is, it is type of backward. it will be much more comprehensible if LeBron was the one which spit at Pierce. If all LeBron did was discuss a little bit trash to a participant he wound up being method higher than, Pierce wants to sit back out. It sounds lots like a participant who was merely aggravated by the eye LeBron was getting again then, and an analyst that continues to be aggravated now. Not an incredible look.

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