LeBron James got some lavish praise from an unlikely source last night – long-time rival and Celtics legend Paul Pierce.
Pierce and LeBron have faced each other in 5 playoff series. James holds a 3-2 record in the postseason against Pierce, who was long considered his biggest competition in the East.
This has probably left a bad taste in Pierce’s mouth, as he’s undermined The King on various occasions. While Pierce retired in 2017, James is still going strong nearly 11 years since his last defeat to Pierce in the playoffs.
James is now 36 years old, but he’s still the predominant force in the NBA. LeBron can still do practically whatever he wants on the court against the best players in the world.
Paul Pierce believes LeBron James has beaten Father Time
If the basketball world needed any proof of how James is still an athletic specimen, they got it last night. The Lakers succumbed to a blowout loss in Mile High City, but there was no stopping the freight train called King James.
LeBron had a signature play at the end of the first half, driving coast to coast and slamming it in emphatically with 1.2 seconds left. This led to a halftime discussion in the ESPN studios, and Pierce was in awe of LeBron James.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 15, 2021
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There is no doubt that James can go on for at least the remainder of his Lakers deal at this pace. James has Anthony Davis by his side to pick up the slack on his off-days. He’s expanded his skillset to now become a lethal shooter from downtown.
There is no telling how many years later James will hang his boots up. But he will be considered the most durable superstar in NBA history with all said and done.