Paul Pierce goes too far with ‘scared of’ LeBron James theory: ‘Shut up’

Paul Pierce is shifting the focus in his determination not to give LeBron James credit.

Pierce, now an ESPN analyst, and the Celtics spent years battling James in the Eastern Conference. Now that James has reached his 10th NBA Finals — this time with the Lakers — Pierce thinks it is more about the opponents than James himself.

“Players today are scared of LeBron,” Pierce said on “NBA Countdown” over the weekend.

“If they see LeBron standing in front of them, fear’s chasing. I know this. You know, my era is out of the league. We weren’t afraid of LeBron. These guys today, he strikes fear in these guys.”

Draymond Green disagreed with the sentiment. Green’s Warriors played James’ Cavaliers four straight times in the NBA Finals and came away with three titles.

“Enjoy retirement man,” Green wrote on Instagram about Pierce’s comments. “You still fear Bron…Shut up already! We get it!”

Green and Pierce have exchanged words in the past. When Pierce was playing his final season with the Clippers in 2017, Green told him that his farewell tour did not compare to the one Kobe Bryant had in his Lakers goodbye.

“Chasing that farewell tour, they don’t love you like that. You can’t get no farewell tour,” Green told Pierce on the court. “They don’t love you like that … You thought you was Kobe.”

Pierce did eventually admit that James would move up and be right “behind Michael Jordan” in his personal rankings if James led the Lakers to an NBA championship this season.

The Lakers and Heat begin the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

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