Paul Pierce has a history of saying whatever comes to mind - especially when it comes to the current state of the NBA.
He was at it once again this week, talking about how the current players play against LeBron James. Pierce suggested players in today's game are afraid of LeBron and it shows in their play.
He made it clear that during his time in the league, players were not afraid of LeBron. That, of course, will draw plenty of criticism from the players in the league right now.
"The players of today are scared of LeBron," Pierce said. "If LeBron is standing in front of them, fear shakes them. My era is out of the league, we weren't afraid of LeBron. But these guys today, he strikes fear in these guys. I can see it."
Pierce and the players of his generation might not have been afraid of LeBron, but they were definitely worried about him.
The entire impetus of creating the Boston Celtics team Pierce was on was to compete with LeBron James. He, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo - among others like Ray Allen - wanted the best chance to compete for a title.
That meant teaming up to deal with the best player in the league: LeBron. Now, over a decade later, LeBron is still the best player in the league and competing for yet another title.