LeBron James was a rookie in 2004. Paul Pierce was in his seventh NBA season. In one of his preseason games, King James confronted the Boston Celtics. Pierce shot over the young LeBron on several occasions during the game, and LeBron didn’t remain calm. He stood up and shut him down. Pierce was looking for a chance to overpower the young player. He didn’t get one. LeBron found the perfect way to control Pierce, and he didn’t like it at all.
The Boston legend was furious and started yelling at LeBron. He even spits on the Cavaliers bench. It was so strong and tense, that his teammates had to keep him from the young king to prevent a fight. A nasty fight.
That’s when the whole feud began. It was never brought to an end. It’s still alive. In his final shot, Pierce said that LeBron isn’t a top-five player because he didn’t build an organization. According to Pierce, LeBron joined already established teams. He said the king was nothing like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Magic Johnson. It was a big mistake, and many know that Pierce was probably under the impact of his past altercations with the Lakers superstar.
Kendrick Perkins said the same about LeBron and Pierce
Kendrick Perkins talked to ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth and Amin Elhassan about the issue.
“Paul is talking noise to the bench, right?” Perkins said. “He’s talking big noise to the Cavs bench, and they’re sitting over there, Bron and them, they’re all sitting over there. … Paul actually spits over there at the bench, right? The ultimate disrespect.”
Paul stepped back from the game in 2017. LeBron is in his 17th season and he will play a few more. However, the hate between him and Pierce will never disappear.
“Ever since that moment,” Perkins added. “LeBron James and Paul Pierce hate each other. They don’t speak to each other. Even now, today.”
Both players have had amazing careers. Although they didn’t like each other, their accomplishments are here to confirm their dominance. Will LeBron respond to Pierce’s recent comments? Probably not. He is more interested in winning games than getting into altercations.