Netease Sports reported on September 27:
Since switching to a basketball commentator, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has become a "big mouth", often speaking amazingly. As for the "old enemy" LeBron James in the player era, Pierce has spared no effort to belittle him. A few days ago, Pierce said on the show that contemporary players are too afraid of LeBron, but in the past, everyone was not afraid of LeBron.
Pierce said: "Now this group of players are very afraid of LeBron James. If they see LeBron standing in front of them, they will even be afraid to tremble. My time has passed, but we were not afraid of LeBron at that time."
Pierce did not point out the specific players who are afraid of LeBron. However, LeBron is currently leading the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets are one of the youngest teams in the league today, and the two core players Jokic and Murray are also young players in their 20s. The young players of the Nuggets did seem quite difficult when defending LeBron.
In the era when Pierce played, LeBron was still a rising star in the league. At that time, other more prestigious veterans in the league would inevitably disagree with this junior. Even if LeBron is super strong, they will not be afraid of LeBron. Today, LeBron is already the banner star of the league. Many young players grew up watching him play, and many people also regard him as an idol. When competing with your idol on the same stage, it is inevitable that there will be some psychological timidity.
In any case, Pierce in the player era did not dare to face LeBron. Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen formed the Celtics Big Three and blocked LeBron in the east several times, becoming the biggest obstacle to LeBron's championship. Garnett also said that LeBron in the Cavaliers era could never beat the Celtics and eventually buried his No. 23 Cavaliers player in the North Shore Garden Arena.
Even after LeBron ran to the Heat to join forces with Wade and Bosh, and beat Pierce and Celtics in the playoffs, Pierce never served LeBron verbally. Earlier, Pierce even said that LeBron did not even rank among the top five in NBA history in his mind.