Paul Pierce: My Era Is Out of the League; We Weren’t Afraid of LeBron James

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Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James in the first half of Game 4 of their second-round NBA playoff basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. James had 49 points as the Heat defeated the Nets 102-96 to go up 3-1 in the series. (AP Photo/)

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Paul Pierce believes players in the NBA are scared of LeBron James.

During ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Friday, Pierce said (starting at 5:55 mark): “Players of today are scared of LeBron. … My era is out the league. We wasn’t afraid of LeBron, but these guys today, he strikes fear in these guys. I can see it.”

In 14 seasons that their careers overlapped, James averaged 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game. He won four MVP awards and three championships and was named to the All-NBA first or second team 13 times.

Pierce has a well-documented history of criticizing James. Kendrick Perkins said on ESPN’s Hoop Streams in May that the feud began when Pierce spat at the Cleveland Cavaliers bench in a preseason game during Perk

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