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Paul Pierce Says Guys Who ‘Team Up’ To Win Aren’t Hungry & Competitive

by: Black Adam Schefter On  Friday, October 14, 2016
Tags:  Kevin Durant   Paul Pierce  

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If there’s one thing fans and old school players despise about the new generation of NBA players, it’s that everyone is all buddy-buddy and wants to play on the same team together, rather than trying to beat each other.

The noise from old school players got that much louder when Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder this past offseason to join a Golden State Warriors squad that knocked his team out of the playoffs last season.

Veteran player Paul Pierce is not a fan of these players trying to do it the easy way instead of battling like the players during his generation, and he spoke up about it recently.

“I’m an old-school guy. I’m a competitor. I never believed that – when you want to be the best, you’ve to beat the best. That’s always been something that’s driven me. Today’s day and age, a lot of these guys are friends. That’s like if Bird decided to go play with Magic or something. These guys, I think the competition makes the game what is.

And Oklahoma, I felt like, was a contending team. They had Golden State on the ropes. I understand when you have great players on losing teams who are tired of losing, struggling in the playoffs every year. You’re the lone star. I’ve been in that position. I could have left Boston years ago, but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close, as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just put you out.

That’s just me personally, but we’re living in a day and time where there’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think they are as hungry or competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that.”