The long-standing rivalry between former Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and retired Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce is still going strong
Paul Pierce doesn’t think LeBron James should be in the running for the greatest player of all time next to Michael Jordan. Not only that, he actually made a case as to why he shouldn’t even be considered as one of the five best players in NBA history.
Pierce said as much during an appearance on ESPN’s NBA Countdown, showing a clip of Jordan during The Last Dance documentary cemented his opinion on LeBron.
“I go back and I ask myself, ‘What has LeBron done to build up any organization from the ground floor?'”
Pierce pointed to stars like Jordan in Chicago, Larry Bird and Bill Russell in Boston, Tim Duncan in San Antonio, and Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson in Los Angeles doing just that.
Pierce is clearly forgetting that James completely transformed the Cavs after they selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NBA draft, leading them to a five NBA Finals.
The franchise had never advanced past the Eastern Conference Finals before he arrived. You can’t say the name Cleveland Cavaliers without bringing up LeBron’s name.