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LeBron doesn’t see Paul Pierce, anyone in NBA as his rival

Oct 25, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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Does LeBron James have a peer in the NBA? A rival?

He says no.

Back in the day, when LeBron James was with the Cavaliers, he and Paul Pierce in Boston had some epic individual battles. But LeBron says that time has passed and he doesn’t look to play one-on-one like that anymore — his goals are team goals.

At least that’s what he told Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald.

“It’s not just one guy,” James said. “I haven’t played against one individual for a long period of time — since basically it was me and Paul. Me and Paul, we had so many duels and almost every year we were going against Boston whether I was in Cleveland the last few years or Miami … So, I don’t know if there is one particular guy. There are some teams I believe are very competitive in both conferences, but it’s not just one guy.”

LeBron is preaching the team gospel, but where he is in his career that’s the right attitude.

LeBron’s legacy isn’t going to be about duels with Pierce or even Kevin Durant or Derrick Rose or anyone who comes next. It’s about rings. LeBron’s legacy now is about building his resume to compare to the all-time greats. A three-peat would help that cause — it’s about team wins for him right now.

Any other rivalries are just a distraction from the goal.

  1. kingwithringz - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I have to agree, he is light-years ahead of every1 else. Can guard everybody from D-rose to Tim Duncan, score 30pts, 10rbs, and 10asts in one game. This guy is flat-out scary right now man, and nobody can be a rival becuz they don’t even come close.

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Man for real kingwithringz, you guys are lucky to have him. Enjoy him while he last. He is a very special player and gets waaay to much flak for what he does or doesn’t do (not as much now though). It’s like us having Kobe. It’s been a special 17 years, and that hardly ever happens anymore when a superstar stays with one team. Kobe has brung me seemingly a lifetime of joy (from a basketball perspective). Just pray LeBron stays healthy, cause at any minute, it can be taken all away. But man, it sure is fun isn’t it!! I had Kobe AND Shaq! That may be how you feel like with Wade and James. It’s a great feeling.

      • kingwithringz - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        Yes Sir I agree. Good Luck and Blessings to you and the Lakers this year.Needs to be more fans like us.

  2. cantonbound13 - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    If Durant teamed up with 2 current all stars when LeBorn did, he’d have 3 rings.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Don’t look now, but ESPN just ranked Durant, Westbrook and Harden as 3 of the top 5 players in the league. This is just a year removed from when they faced the Heat in the finals. And the Thunder have Ibaka to boot. So KD had an insane amount of support.

      But if you switched LeBron and Durant in the 2012 Finals the Thunder would’ve won.

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:41 AM

        You keep forgetting Harden was playing injured & was not nearly effective as he usually is.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        Umm, canton… just look at Harden’s previous games against the Spurs (who incidentally were coming off of a 20 game winning streak that spanned 10 games of the season and 10 of the playoffs).

        Harden just played like crap against the heat. Or, Harden played like Kendrick Perkins.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Oct 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Yeah, sorry Canton but I have every single game of the 2012 NBA Finals on my hard drive and Harden was fine. He just sucked in the Finals.

    • kinggw - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      If Ferry pulled the trigger on the Hickson for Stoudemire deal, Lebron probably never leaves Cleveland and if Jordan didnt retire to play baseball he might have had eight rings instead of six.

      The point in all of this is that hypothetical arguments are pointless. Durant faced the Heat with two all star caliber players and still got smoked. Lebron took a team to the Finals by his lonesome. Durant couldn’t get out of the second round when he didnt have another all star to help him carry the load. Durant is an amazing player and arguably the best scorer in the game. But he is not close to being a complete player on the level of Lebron.

    • leahcima1 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      It is enlightening that the world’s greatest authority on the NBA, cantonjerk0, pronounces that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are all stars. I always thought they were but until the NBA smartest guy says it it isn’t official. So it is now official.

      And in the same sentence cantonjerk0 settles the raging argument of how many rings Durant would have if he only played with two all stars. Hmm, cantonjerk0, didn’t Durant at one time play with James Harden and Russell Westbrook.? Could it be that one or both are not considered all stars by the world’s smartest NBA expert?

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        Princess Leah, nice to see you’re still stalking me. First of all Harden & Westbrook are younger than Wade & Bosh & need time to develop. It even took your “KING” 7 years to get a ring. I strongly do believe the Thunder would have beaten the Heat that year if Harden was healthy in the Finals. If you watch objectively, instead of being a Heat homer, you will see how much better Harden played prior to the injury and the following season with the Rockets. Unlike Diva Wade he doesn’t make it well known that he’s injured or use it as an excuse.

      • leahcima1 - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        Cantonjerl0 says,”If Durant teamed up with 2 current all stars when LeBorn did, he’d have 3 rings.”

        Let’s see, LeBron joined the Bosh and Wade in 2010-2011 Durant joined Westbrook and Harden in 2010-2011. Same year cantonjerk. LeBraon 3 conference finals, Kevin Durant 0. LeBron 2 rings, 2 MVP. Kevin Durant (who is undoubtedly the game’s second best player) 0 rings, 0 MVP.

        When proven wrong Cantonjerk0 flounders for an excuse. He says, “You keep forgetting Harden was playing injured & was not nearly effective as he usually is.” Excuse me jerk (you don’t mind me using your nickname) he wasn’t hurt. At least no one in the world except maybe you ever thought he was hurt. Not Harden, Durant, Brooks, Westbrook, the media, the Thunder, etc, etc.

        Jerk goes on by saying, “he doesn’t make it well known that he’s injured or use it as an excuse.” So it was a secret hurt. A well kept secret, except from cantonjerk0 who has xray vision and can see inside a person and where he hurts. The only hurt Harden felt was the Heat defense.

        Next excuse please. “First of all Harden & Westbrook are younger than Wade & Bosh and need time to develop.” So now it’s not cantonjerk0 saying Durant would have won more rings. The NBA smartest fan modifies his statement that Durant would have won more if only his allstar mates were older veterans.

        Jerko, instead of sticking your foot in your mouth all the time why don’t you stfu.

  3. antistratfordian - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Well neither Rose, Durant or Melo have beaten LeBron in the playoffs. Just Pierce. He’s knocked LeBron out of the playoffs twice, and LeBron has knocked Pierce out twice.

    And who can forget that Game 7 in 2008? LeBron with 45 and Pierce with 41. Bron had 13 points in the 4th to Pierce’s 6 – but in the end the combo of KG, Pierce and Allen proved to be too much.

    S’all good tho.

  4. thekingdave - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    According to Nike, in 2009 it was Kobe as demonstrated by those “hilarious” puppet commercials. We were also informed that it was a certainty the Lakers and Cavs would face off in the Finals that season. We all know how that turned out.

    • antistratfordian - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Hard for it to really develop when you’re in different conferences – and it was always kind of one-sided in actual games – with LeBron winning most of their matchups. James is 13-6 vs Kobe. Same issue with KD. LeBron is 13-3 vs Durant.

      So LeBron is a combined 26-9 vs KD and Kobe. Not much of a rivalry happening on the court.

      • cheezy123 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        There’s a team named “LeBron” now? Who knew?

      • antistratfordian - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Earth to cheezy123

  5. ddaughtry81 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    There is no Kobe and LeBron rivalry. Rivalries are made in the playoffs or at the very least the same division and Kobe and LeBron have never faced off.

    • cantonbound13 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      Kobe also has 4 more rings with far less talent around him.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Oct 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Canton you say some stupid sh+t sometimes. .

        Remember him playing with Shaq and Phil? Smh..

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:23 AM

        What number was Phil? How many points did Phil score? Shaq would just be 1 all star, genius.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Cantun*a*s is stupid sh+t. LeBron pissed all over him and the stupid sh+t never got over it.

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        Stay classless, idiot.

      • leahcima1 - Oct 26, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Cantonjerk0 saying “stupid sh+t sometimes”? Oh no. Really?

      • cantonbound13 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        What’s wrong Princess Leaha? Tired of getting bullied and becoming a keyboard tough guy?

      • leahcima1 - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Dang, there cantonjerk0 goes again with one of his brilliant comebacks. Love you jerko. It’s not often one gets to match wits with a defenseless NBA genius.

  6. thekingdave - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Sarcasm anybody? Jesus Christ.

  7. davidly - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Though Paul George won’t be taking over LBJ best player in the league position, I hope he can at least knock him off the championship pedestal.

  8. cheezy123 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    LeBron’s probably right. Too bad basketball is a team sport.

  9. jbeagles23 - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Harden certainly wasn’t as sore as wade. Kd is amazing. He isn’t lb though

  10. golfrangeman - Oct 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I really don’t know why anyone responds the this canton idiot. He’s never said anything remotely intelligent and is obviously completely obsessed with LBJ

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