Basketball Twitter ruthlessly roasted Paul Pierce over his LeBron James take

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His list, in order: Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.

When asked what he thinks of when he hears the name "Michael Jordan", Malone stated, "Michael Jordan".

Pierce, now an National Basketball Association analyst, said James didn't build a team from the ground up the way other greats in the Top 10 have done in the past. Pierce also listed Larry Bird as being somewhere in his top ten, but didn't specify where. "So, his first preseason game is against Paul Pierce".

James eventually addressed the criticism by returning to Cleveland in the summer of 2014 and leading the Cavs to their maiden title in 2016, when the franchise became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals as they defeated the Golden State Warriors in seven games.

"I know he got a contract from Jerry Jones that (James) framed and put in his office", Carter said on "Uninterrupted". He has not built teams from the ground up.

BOSTON- MAY 13 Le Bron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to take a shot over Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden
Paul Pierce explained why he doesn't have Le Bron in his top-5

"I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be, and myself and my trainer Mike Mancias, we really started to actually train to be a football player when it came to October, November", James said.

Even before their infamous playoff head-to-heads with James in Cleveland and then Miami, these two never backed down from another while duking it out on struggling teams.

Yet, in Pierce's case, there was a personal driving force behind the snub, and his former Celtics teammate Kendrick Perkins explained in his own ESPN appearance on Wednesday.

James moved to Miami a few months later and exacted revenge over Pierce the following season, when the Heat dispatched Boston in five games in the conference semifinals. "I would say Boston is a rival of mine because I've met them so many times in the postseason".


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