You can count Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce among the players who have weighed in on Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors.
The Truth his expressed his thoughts with a CM Punk style pipe bomb — via Sirius XM Radio.
Pierce, no doubt has his own big three — after the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the same summer. The Celtics became instant contenders, winning a championship and playing for another.
Yet he like everyone else — questioned Durant’s decision to join the team that put him out the playoffs.
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.
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. 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.
That’s just me personally, but we’re living in a day and time where there’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think they are as hungry or competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that.
Entering his final season, Pierce didn’t negotiate a super team during his Hall of Fame career, but he did reportedly prepared to ask for a trade if the Celtics didn’t bring on another star to play with him.