LeBron James questions Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett's loyalty for leaving the Celtics

LeBron James, of all people, is questioning Paul Pierce's loyalty

10/17/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Mar 18, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) keeps the ball away from Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) during the first quarter at TD Banknorth Garden.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY SportsThere are a lot of positive words associated with LeBron James. Let's be honest: He's the best basketball player in the world right now, and may end up being considered the greatest of all time.

That having been said, "loyal" isn't exactly the word that comes to mind when you think about LeBron.

Still, that didn't stop him from chiming in with his undesired two cents on the situation surrounding a few of his fellow NBA superstars who changed uniforms this offseason. James took some thinly veiled shots at former Celtics stars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, both of whom will be suiting up for the Brooklyn Nets this season.
 
"The first thing that I thought was like, ‘Wow, Ray (Allen) got killed for leaving Boston and now these guys are leaving Boston. I think it’s OK. I don’t mind it, but there was a couple guys that basically (criticized) Ray for leaving and everybody else is leaving."

When I first saw this, I had only one reaction.



Is LeBron James really going to question the loyalty of ANYONE else in the NBA right now? The same LeBron James who promised a championship in Cleveland for his hometown fans, only to leave them for the Heat in an embarrassing 1-hour TV special? HE is going to question the loyalty of two players who brought a championship to Boston, and then were traded after the GM decided to rebuild for the future?

Yes, keep that in mind. Pierce and Garnett didn't leave as free agents, taking less money to play in a more desirably market while their team was offering them a max contract.

LeBron did that.

Pierce and Garnett also didn't demand a trade. Celtics GM Danny Ainge decided that he wanted to gut the team and move their large contracts in order to rebuild around Rajon Rondo and most likely a lottery pick in the 2014 Draft.

Sure, Pierce and Garnett had to waive their no-trade clauses in order for the Celtics to be able to move them, but to question their loyalty at a time like this is laughable, and shows exactly why LeBron will continue to be one of the most disliked players in the league, despite his transcendent talent level.

Just keep your mouth shut, LeBron. You'll sound smarter that way.
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10/19/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Pat wrote:
Yes, they had power to veto a trade. But would have have made them more loyal to the Celtics? If Ainge thought it was a better basketball decision to trade them, than the most loyal possible move would be to go along with what the GM thought was best. The fact that LeBron even tried to compare the two situations is absolutely asinine.

I will agree with you on Lebron not being the most logical person to be expressing his thoughts on the subject, however anyone in the league who teams with KG and Pierce might want to reevaluate if they have a friendship with these 2 or are simply teammates their to accomplish a goal.  I will say Pierce gets more respect with me than KG.

10/18/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Pat my only question,  as long time veterans of the NBA wouldn't Pierce and Garnett have had the power to veto any trade that was brought before them?  I don't know, that's why I'm asking?  I do know I read where KG had some influence on not going to Denver or the LA Clippers.

Yes, they had power to veto a trade. But would have have made them more loyal to the Celtics? If Ainge thought it was a better basketball decision to trade them, than the most loyal possible move would be to go along with what the GM thought was best. The fact that LeBron even tried to compare the two situations is absolutely asinine.

10/18/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Pat wrote:
I agree with those who say Ray Allen did nothing wrong.

I also agree with those who say the Celtics had no reason to be upset at him when he left.

But... PIERCE AND GARNETT WERE TRADED. THAT'S NOT COMPARABLE. They're not hypocrites just because Danny Ainge decided he'd rather unload their contracts and rebuild. If you think there's even a slight comparison there, it's because you're completely clueless and have no idea how literally anything works.

Pat my only question,  as long time veterans of the NBA wouldn't Pierce and Garnett have had the power to veto any trade that was brought before them?  I don't know, that's why I'm asking?  I do know I read where KG had some influence on not going to Denver or the LA Clippers.

10/17/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

I agree with those who say Ray Allen did nothing wrong.

I also agree with those who say the Celtics had no reason to be upset at him when he left.

But... PIERCE AND GARNETT WERE TRADED. THAT'S NOT COMPARABLE. They're not hypocrites just because Danny Ainge decided he'd rather unload their contracts and rebuild. If you think there's even a slight comparison there, it's because you're completely clueless and have no idea how literally anything works.

10/17/13   |   jjh8857   |   334 respect

He is pointing out what hypocites they are & they are. They way they acted so butthurt about Ray Allen leaving last season...Sheesh.  Yes, yes we know he used to play for Cleveland. Now he plays for Miami. He took a better job. Time. To. Move. On.

10/17/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

People can think of Lebron as they wish, that's their opinion and their choice.  That being said, Ray Allen gives every team and every city he plays for 150% of his mind, body and soul.  He didn't rake the Celtics organization, the coach or either one of the 2 "faces" of the franchise over any coals and yet Pierce and KG in their own ways decided to treat Ray as some kind of outcast because he left " the family" for a chance to make a run at a championship in South Beach with the so-called enemy.  Funny, whether they asked for it or not, seems like Pierce and KG both are doing the same thing with the "hot, flavor of the month" team in Brooklyn.  Seems to me Melo, CP3 and more in the future,(possibly Melo again according to reports) are doing the same thing and yet Lebron is the villain?