Hall of Fame candidate and ESPN analyst Paul Pierce doesn’t have LeBron James in his top five NBA players. It’s strange that he decided to keep LeBron out of his list, because he is the GOAT. LeBron and Michael Jordan are part of the GOAT debate. Pierce seems to forget this.
He discussed the topic on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” on Wednesday. According to Pierce, Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, and Kobe Bryant are the greatest players in the league history. Why didn’t he include LeBron on the list? Pierce said that the Laker hadn’t built any organization in his professional career.
“What has LeBron did to build up any organization from the ground?” he said. “I’m talking about these players, top-5 players. Bill Russell built the organization of Boston, Kareem, Magic, Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Bird. These guys are all-time top 10 players who helped build their organization or continued the tradition.”
He said that King James had “put together” franchises when he won titles with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. He also added that LeBron has yet to make an impact in Los Angeles. Pierce said that LeBron entered a team with an established tradition. Well, we all know someone who won’t like these comments.
Pierce’s co-hosts didn’t agree with his decision to leave LeBron behind. Jay Williams even put his head in his hands.
Paul Pierce made a bad LeBron comment
LeBron is in his 17th NBA season. This is one of his best seasons, and he is averaging 25.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game with the Lakers. LeBron ranks third in NBA history in career points scored (34,087). He is also a 16-time All-Star, four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion.
When it comes to the Lakers, they have a really good season. The NBA suspended the season, but there’s still a chance for players to return to the floor and finish the season. LeBron and his team are first in the Western Conference and have a brilliant 49-14 record. If the season resumes, LeBron, Anthony Davis, and the rest of the players will go after the title. They will probably see the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals.