With the new NBA season about to start, Paul Pierce has revived the talks on how he hates Kevin Durant’s decision in joining the “Super Team” Golden State Warriors. Pierce is not the only current or former player who has criticized KD this offseason.
Via NBA.com, the veteran Pierce, who is set to retire after the current season, said that Durant’s move to the Warriors was a cop out move for an NBA superstar.
“I’m an old-school guy. I’m a competitor. I never believed that – when you want to be the best, you’ve to beat the best. That’s always been something that’s driven me. Today’s day and age, a lot of these guys are friends. That’s like if Bird decided to go play with Magic or something. These guys, I think the competition makes the game what is,” Pierce said.
Pierce said he understands that this generation of players is probably more close to each other off the court compared to his time in the league. However, Pierce added that he thought the Thunder had a chance to beat the Warriors if Durant stayed in OKC so the move was something
“And Oklahoma, I felt like, was a contending team. They had Golden State on the ropes. I understand when you have great players on losing teams who are tired of losing, struggling in the playoffs every year,” Pierce added.
“You’re the lone star. I’ve been in that position. I could have left Boston years ago, but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close, as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just put you out.”
Pierce also said that the current generation is not “as competitive” as his generation and that could be the reason why Durant chose to join Golden State and play with All Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
In his time in Boston, there were NBA rumors that Pierce wanted out from the Celtics when the team was struggling. But he stuck with the Celtics for years and got superstars Kevin Durant and Ray Allen in trades that made the team a title contender. The trio won a championship in 2008.
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