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Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  121 responses

Paul Pierce Is Actually Serious About This ‘Best Player in the World’ Thing

by Marcel Mutoni

When the news initially broke about Paul Pierce telling a Spanish publication that he’s the best basketball player in the world, I chuckled and proceeded to ignore it, figuring Paul was either still drunk from the post-title celebrations (which would be perfectly understandable), or that something simply got lost in the translation.

Well, it turns out that The Truth didn’t get his words twisted across the pond; he’s dead serious about this. The Boston Herald caught up with the reigning Finals MVP and asked him the question again, and Pierce didn’t waiver.

“That’s what I said. I am a confident player and a lot of people might look at it like ’Oh, another cocky attitude,’ but I don’t look at it that way,” said Pierce.

“I have an opinion, I have a right to have one and that’s the way I feel. I felt I’ve played against the best over the years and felt right now that I’m the best player in the world.”

I should preface this by stating that despite the terrible things he did to my team this past June, Paul Pierce is one of my favorite players in the League. There’s not much that he can’t do on the offensive end, and can be downright unstoppable at times. An absolute joy to watch.

Until he proves that he’s even the best player on his own team, however, I’m simply going to have to ask him to pass along whatever it is that he’s been smoking of late.

(Thanks to Larry Brown for forwarding the link.)

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  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    They are so cute at that age.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    thats what everyone said about wade after the chip run in 06. Best player in the world at the time. ( only one of 24 playing though).

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    He wasnt necessarily the best player in the world at the moment, I should explain that. He was the best player competing for a ring at the time at any level of basketball. If Dallas had won then Dirk ( likely) would’ve been the best player in the world ( for a period of time anyways.) SO, Pierce does have a case if its within a certain context. Note, I havent read the story yet.

  • Yann Blavec

    Being the best player of the NBA finals doesn’t mean a lot. Tony Parker was the Finals mvp a year ago, and I’m french and I believe he’s not great. Both players are really really good at what they’re doing, but not great.

  • Squirrel7

    As if I didn’t dislike P-Squared enough already…..

  • Yann Blavec

    The NBA finals mvp is always a member of the winning team. Does that mean that Bill Russel was better than Wilt ?

  • http://www.inanemusings.com michelle

    I think the way Paul played against both Lebron and Kobe in the playoffs was impressive, but he’s getting a little carried away with himself. It was a team effort that won the C’s the championship and while he was a huge part of that, he’s not the best player in the league.

  • Tom

    The guy is an NBA all-star, what do you expect him to say? Do you think Lebron actually believes Kobe is better than him? I remember back in the 90′s someone asked Barkley if Jordan was better than him, he said no……i’ll never say another player is better than me, or else there’d be no point competing.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Paul Pierce was better than Kobe in almost every aspect of the game during the Finals. He imo thoroughly outplayed him in the series. If you outplay the best player in the world at LEAST 4 times out of 6 doesnt that make you a better one, at least for the time ( bar the 10 point game). btw, after reading the post, that was what Pierce was saying. Dont say that Ray Allen was solely responsible for ‘stopping’ Kobe either. Pierce got the assignment in crucial situations after and during game 1 and after. Now, If Doc Rivers said the same thing as a coach, THAT would be ridiculous. Also, does Finals MVP have anything to do with the playoffs? If it was based solely on the Finals, then Ray Allen was pretty good come to think of it.

  • crusader

    good point Tom- whats the point of playing if you’re gonna acknowledge or admit defeat. with this attitude a player can go far. whats he gonna say…”ya, im pretty good at this game- but man kobe is da man”…f*ck that- pierce is well within his rights if not obligated to state that hes the best player

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I agree with everything you said bar the last sentence Tom. If you said that he/she was better then that would serve as a true motivational tool for you to prove that you were better and force the other person to give yout the same credit. Thats what would happen to me anyways.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    i would be more concerned if Paul was acting humble right now. He just beat Kobe (who 67.72% of you think is the best player in the L) and Kobe’s team (who everyone including me thought was gonna kill boston) and he was voted finals MVP. So remind me why the best player on the best team shouldnt thing that that makes him number 1 in the nba? if 1+1=2 then doest being on best team+being best player on that team= Best in NBA? I dont think paul is the best, but i understand why he thinks he is

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    All of you are crazy…everyone knows Ron Artest is the best.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    holy sh*t bet. that was damn near a *insert smart word* post ;) but, we all know what 1+1 =… and thats windows.

  • http://fjkdlzf.com Jukai

    It’s funny cause I remember Lebron absolutely shutting him down for six out of seven games

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    It’s true, tad.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    jukai has a scewed memory

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I said he was the most well rounded small forward in the game on our blog TAD. Dont say I didnt know prior.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    And lebron had help from joe smith and wally szcerbiak, who pretty much cancel out allen and KG, so its not like lebron was outplaying not only pierce but the entire celtics team for most of that series or anything…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    but then they won. So that point is invalid. DENIED…. fu*ker. nothing personal Jukai. AUS just lost to Argentina by 4 after being up as much as 15 tonight. respect to Manu for being awesome though. Nocioni was great for 3 quarters too.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Joe Smith had a good year for an old person. Leave Joe Smith out of this. The man can still ball. Wally lost his jumpshot, so he is pretty useless right now. Besides Lebron, the only good players the Cavs got is Joe, Z, Boobie, and Delonte West. Ben Wallace can no longer play defence, which is really bad because he could never play offence. Anderson Valegro is a waste of money. Sasha is good, but always hurt. Thats why Lebron is the best, because he is on a team filled with dare i say it… scrubs and he has to carry the entire team every year. Bring him some help or trade him for Brett Farve since nobody else wants him.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Is shaq still good betcats? they can win a ring with him, I just know it.

  • Jolst

    I thought I heard something poppin.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    oo i updated my site if anyone wants to read my stuff, you must have severe eye problems….

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    They dont need Shaq, they got Z. They need a good shooting guard and a star point guard 4 cheap!

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Smoke weed everyday!

  • Action Jackson

    Nick, I never said Lebron shut down the entire team. I said Pierce. Clearly.

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    what the hell? Action Jackson? Wha…. Why did Action Jackson at dj.tech2@gmail.com appear as my name and e-mail instead of Jukai? what’s going on SLAM?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Jukai, maybe you are a GI Joe doll?

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Oh you’re right BETCATS that’s it you solved the case good job!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Hi.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Rondo, Lebron, Artest, Al Jefferson, Chandler. My all cheap line up bar LeBron. A team that could, you know, win games without LeBron occasionally.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    morning salutaions too you Eboy

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    somebody stole summit from me. KERMIT!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    too bad none of those players will never get traded to Clevland, and Lebron is not a good fit at SG. Also Al is a great power forward as it is, stop sleepin! And Jukai, when your right your right, and i am always right. Real recoginze real.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    G’day everyone. ignore my last post if you’ve never seen cracker jacks or muppits before.

  • Captain America

    The Audacity of Nope

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    for shizzle BET. But he aint getting paid franchis money though. Im gangsta. He Got Game has that effect. So does Above the Rim with 2PAC, but I digress.

  • nicole

    anyone else think that paul pierce is the soulja boy of the nba? win a championship and now he’s the best in the world

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Paul Pierce is silly and overindulged.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    that story is fuuuuuck*d up BETCATS. Really. Thats some real life bounty hunter sh*t right there.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    That title belongs to Stevenson Nicole. Read the story.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    hursty, have you been drinking my drink? But yeah who knew real sh!t like that happened in canada?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    eboy is sour and bitter like a voter from pennislvannia (joooooooooooooooooonez)

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Sour and bitter, tell me how my sack tastes.

  • KB242ndMVP

    Its a team game Hursty u dumb ass the Celtics outplayed the Lakers, Kobe would smash Pierce 1 on 1, Kobe is the Best Player in the World and is the Best EverRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS_Buggin_Out_OF_CONTROL_Step_On_My_Nikes_I_Kill_U

    eboy, i thought you were a girl. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    dont you mean mangina?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I can’t wait for the children to go back to school.

  • ciolkstar

    CO Sign Tom:
    Do you think Lebron actually believes Kobe is better than him? I remember back in the 90’s someone asked Barkley if Jordan was better than him, he said no……i’ll never say another player is better than me, or else there’d be no point competing.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    ^ Must be in his right mind this morning ’cause that is exactly correct.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Can this be The Truth? Did he say this? I know a couple of people that can crush Paul. He better prove to me he is of that title next year.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    confident

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    funny, Kobe has only one mvp @ 10:22….. Unless Im missing something. Dont be childish bet. Your a young man. With goals. and aspirations. and dreams of getting a higher education. Kanye was right about that though, even if he is a little odd.

  • Orion

    Ciolkstar I don’t know if Lebron actually thinks Kobe is better than him but every damn time someone ask him who is the best player in the I mean every time he says Kobe’s number and I’m number two. The man has said it 6 or 7 times now so either he is being humble or he is just saying what he thinks is the truth.

  • ciolkstar

    LeBrizzle is wise beyond his years. You have to pick your battles. And he undersdtands how these types of comments get press. Also, maybe PP was reading the boards here… He was getting an awful lot of love (albeit deservedly)during and after the Finals.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS_Buggin_Out_Of_Control_Step_on_my_Nikes_I_Kill_u

    My name is cooler now

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    HEY PAUL HOW’S THE USA TEAM DOING?

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    Hey Eboy, who do you think are the top ten best power forwards of all time?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS_Buggin_Out_Of_Control_step_on_my_Nikes_I_Kill_U

    im not eboy but:

    1.Barkley
    10. Karl Malone
    Fill in the blanks

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  • Young Chris MP3

    Yes, Yann, it does mean that Bill Russell was better than Wilt.

  • Young Chris MP3

    And BETCATS answer is odd, seeing that he’s I believe in his mid teens so has only seen Malone and/or Barkley play at the end of their careers, but has been able to watch Tim Duncan throughout his entire career. Um, would you like to rethink that answer?

  • Phil T. Rich

    There is a little too much love for Kobe nowadays… What happened to Kobe this year is very similar to what happened to Dirk in 2006… Awesome regular season and lost in the finals… yet Dirk was called soft and Kobe is the “Best ever”???? C’mon… Pierce is right for thinking he’s the best… and if he isn’t, I’d say Lebron is… but Pierce has to be ranked above Kobe at this time…

  • B. Long

    Damn, someone needs to tell MJ, Paul, and Shaq that Kobe’s name ain’t dick, so keep it out of your mouth!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    PP is a fat joke!!

  • http://dyalekt.com d.Y.

    No, “Your mama’s so fat that her belly button makes an echo” is a fat joke. Pdouble is the reigning finals MVP right? Let him jock himself for a summer, he earned it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Puff…puff..pass Paulie.

  • kahar

    P-Double is smoking that good-good! He wasn’t even the best Celtic in the Finals, everyone knows that Ray Allen should have won the MVP award! He was the most consistent Player in the finals PERIOD! Best player in the world, that cat is really feeling himself right now, and he should be ashame of himself! Everyone knows that KB24 is the best player in the world, PERIOD!

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Paul Pierce is the best blood in the NBA.

  • eric g

    Back in 2002, I swore up and down to everyone who would listen that Pierce was better than Kobe (and I was attacked mercilessly for saying so). Today . . . eh, not so much.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Why do fans and writers take it so seriously when players say things like this? Iverson says it all the time. Then he says that Kobe is the best in the world. Who cares if a player thinks he’s the best in the world?

  • memyselfand9

    lmao @ not the best player on his team!
    he is the best all around player on his team. the most versatile and unstoppable.
    anybody questioning that should watch a different sport.
    and kobe is not the better player. we saw that last june.
    he may not be worse but i’d rather take pp on my team and let him be the leader.

  • http://evolve.aokhost.com/logs/ Sylvio Mac

    Its called confidence ppl. If u don’t believe you’re the best then where’s the drive going to come from? Pierce believes he’s the best. Now all that’s left is for him to link up with DJ Khaled for a mixtape

  • Isiah Thomas

    Jarred Jeffries is clearly the best player in the world. end of story

  • http://talkaboutsport.blogspot.com Sanjeev

    Well I don’t blame him… he played like a true megastar during the NBA Finals. In fact, I think someone said it above – he did play better than Kobe. He’s a great player… and he has the right to call himself whatever he wants. Some people will agree others will disagree… its just his opinion. Respect it or hate it your call.

    VISIT MY BLOG AT: talkaboutsport.blogspot.com

  • bosox

    HE’S CRAZY!!! Kobe, Lebron, Kevin Garnett, and even Steve Nash are much better because not only are they great individually, they make the people around them better. Paul Pierce was always the best player on his team (up till this year) but the Celtics were always bad. When KG came he inspired the players to become less selfish and more team oriented.

  • http://slamonline.com Simone Lawy

    olowakandi is the best,…

  • Michael

    I;’m tired of people acting like Paul played like Jordan in the finals. He averaged 21 points 6 assists 4 rebounds on 43% shooting. He played great in the second half of game one and in game 5. ray Allen was the best player throughout that series.

  • Justin

    Pierce’s head is too big for his body right now. In the grand scheme of things, he’s not on Kobe or LeBron’s level.

  • namik

    Kobe wasn’t stopped by PP or Ray Allen. He was stopped by the best defense in the L which also had the best defensive player of the year. And Paul was mostly guarded by Vlad Rad (!!!). Plus PJax was thoroughly outcoached. So please someone explain to me how exactly “Pierce beat Kobe”???

  • Ken H.

    Paul Pierce should be on the olympic team, and play FIBA rules where he can’t stumble around the court when he feels the slightest contact. It’s like he has flashbacks of being stabbed with any kind of physical contact. Then we’ll see if he’s really the best.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Who the hell cares if a player has confidence in themselves, thats how you’re supposed to play. I mean he doesn’t trash talk or pick many fights or anything. And for the record, Iverson WAS the best player in the league for a period of time, I don’t care whether you people agree or not, its the truth.
    @ Ken H.: Please, don’t talk..

  • Jon

    Re: The NBA finals mvp is always a member of the winning team. Does that mean that Bill Russel was better than Wilt ?

    Yes. Bill Russell was better than Wilt.

  • j-smoov 5

    he’s good but not great.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Paul Pierce did play great during the Finals and I don’t have any complaints about him getting that Finals MVP trophy, but it was a VERY close call between him and Ray Allen. I would say that Ray Allen played just as good as Pierce, give or take. Allen played like a real superstar but he’s probably the most underrated player out of the big three. I don’t know how this relates, but yeah its true.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    Good comment Jon!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    KG should slap PP in the face … or shank him, which ever comes first!!

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Did somebody actually say Steve Nash was better than Pierce? Have you seen Steve Nash play defense?

  • Mark Z

    Hey, he’s got a Ring & a Finals MVP trophy. Let him have his moment. People will be back to declaring Kobe or Lebron or some other frontrunner ‘best’ any day now…

  • chicagogreen

    forget the finals thing – that obviously shouldn’t determine this, wade was a ridiculously over rated cry baby for instance. But i have been saying all year to any one who would listen out here in chicago where they all seem to think that the NBA dissolved after Jordan that there are only two guys to compare to Pierce, LeBron and Kobe. (It is hard to compare bigs and point gaurds to everybody else so leave them out.) PP’s scoring is right up there with these guys if a little reigned in this year, his defense is outstanding, his rebounding is better than either of them and LeBron is the only one that really compares in terms of size and strength and PP’s post game is still better. If he is not the best of the three than gotta at least acknowledge that there is nobody else in this group.

  • Locz

    C’mon PP, now youre doin too much. Yeah PP ‘was’ an All-Star but he couldnt even get of the bench of the All-Star games he was apart of. Him and ‘toine didnt get any playing time in the All-star games… but best player in the world? probly not. was even invited to play for Team USA? Is he even the best player on his own team? Was he the best player in the world last year when his team won I think 3 games all year? The Truth? Paul, you can’t handle the truth….

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Locz: Uhhh since when does being on Team USA mean you’re the best? What you’re implying is that Mike Miller and Brad Miller are better than Paul Pierce and Allen Iverson, since they were on Team USA last year when those two weren’t? Wow, you are so smart.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    No but what it does imply is usually the starting 5 has the top 5 players or at least the top 5 positions filled up. For example, Kobe, Lebron, Dwight, Melo, CP, Kidd and use to be Amare… this no arguing here. KG and Shuttlesworth are better than Pierce. But because PP couldnt do anything for years with the celtics. Now he finally had more all stars on the team they did soemthing. I mean PP actually didnt do anything except look chubby. there is no fighting this but he is not the best player in the world nor in the top 20, or 50, or 100 for that matter. And i would take … or anyone else building a francise, aloootttt of older players in the NBA over PP like Kobe. But not only that i would sure as he11 take easily … 20 younger players over PP. Examples … CP, Beas, Rose, Deron, CB4, Dwight, Stuckey … PP is a fake. He was lucky enought o buy a ring!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    By the way another reason hes not the best in the world. Its like saying Hasek is the best goalie in thw world. Paul is like ana ccident. No kids want to look up to his game bcause its ugly, his jump shot is from his chest, he doesnt work out, he leaves his mouth open worse than Bargani (sorry pet peeve), his fundamentals are whack with terrible dribbling skills. That fade he does, that he gets about 3 quarters of an inch of the floor is so bad. But again, he got lucky that it was dropping in the finals. What happened the last 10 years … nothing. Playoffs every now and than.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ James: You’re an idiot if you think that Paul Pierce’s play in the finals wasn’t one of the reasons why the Celtics won. Its no wonder why Beantown chose to keep him after all these years. And you are also an idiot if you would rather take the undeveloped Rodney Stuckey over Pierce, right this instant.. I’m sorry to say this but Pierce proved himself a much more reliable and stable NBA player than Melo this past season. And no, Pierce isn’t the funnest player to watch but he gets the job done. Being virtually unstoppable in the NBA finals isn’t as easy as it looks and if you don’t think he did anything but “look chubby” than you just lost all credibility with that line. And what Locz said WAS implying that if a player is on Team USA then he’s automatically considered the best. Brad Miller and Mike Miller were both on the team last year with ample playing time, whereas Gilbert Arenas was cut. I guess you’re saying, James, that those two are better than Agent Zero too? Now skillwise, Melo can be one of the best but from last years play you’d be a dumb@ss to even THINK that Carmelo is a better NBA than Pierce. If you want a good, hardworking, solid ball player that gets the job done and sacrifices the spotlight for the greater good of the team, the smart choice is Paul Pierce. But for someone like you who can’t stand to watch good basketball being played without a highlight reel, you James, can watch that And 1 Streetball Tour crap they still (maybe?) have on TV. I’m not saying Pierce is the best, but he’s proved himself one of them this year.

    PS: No player is good enough to win a championship by themselves. Basketball is, for the most part a team sport. So if you think that the Celtics, who with incredible management pulled in two all-stars, had “bought” the championship, you need to be schooled. The Celtics still worked their @sses off last year to attain that title and it did NOT come easy (1st round, 7 game series with the Hawks?!?!). They played hard throughout the duration of the playoffs and especially Paul Pierce played with super-stardom. Also, how the hell does the Celtics management bringing in and paying the new players constitute as Paul Pierce “buying a ring”? Yeah… BACDAFUCUP.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    @Teddy Bear Picnic: Why didnt gilbert play … ummm maybe something between him and the coach. I dont know?????????????? Your hilarious. PP is not a smart player, thats like saying artest is a smart player … good but smart would not be coming to half court mad and throwing up gang signs. O wait that sounds kind of And 1ish right? If Garentt and Ray Allen werent there, they would have won 13 games this season again. 13? lol Memphis had more wins this year, with Rudy Gay i migth add. O and i would take him over Paul as well. Unstoppable. If PP was unstoppable, scoring 21 ppg … o and having “A” good game than what was Kobe and Bron in the first couple rounds lol. 21 ppg being unstoppable. With those weak lay ups. the ones he gets an inch off the ground, and the ball bounces 4,5,6 times on the rim and it bounces in… o and i am not a big fan os flashy. Everyone likes a big dunk here and there … but considering T Lue is one of my favorite ball players. ow thats a hard worker. PP is a b1tch, he is lazy, he doesnt train, his skills are mediocre, he thinks he is still in a gang, and he just bought a ring so he can feel good about his body… o and dont use ONYX on me please. Don’t disgrace Hip Hop!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James The Balla

    O and, usually USA has THE best player in the world on there team. They always have for the most part. Reason why PP wasnt asked … welll who would you get rid of? Kobe hahahahahaha NOOOOO. Bron hahahahahahahaha NOOOOO. Who? lol He is overrated. (fuel to the fire)

  • John D

    You’re a moron.

  • 1hp

    HE DICKED ATLANTA HE DICKED DETROIT HE DICKED LEBRON (41) AND HE DICKED KOBE!!!!!!! GO PIERCE!!!!!!

  • Jason

    If Paul wants to beleive that about himself, so what. The best players have to beleive that they are the best, otherwise why should they expect respect from anyone else? They wouldn’t be where they are today if they didn’t beleive they are the best. Paul just came off his first championship where he was the finals MVP, let him celebrate a little, stop trying to rain on the mans parade, damn.

  • Jason

    James: The NBA players are considererd the best in the world, yes..there are a lot of great players in the league that are not on that team that either A.) were not asked or B) didn’t want to play for team U.S.A, that you could take some of those names off that roster and substitute and team U.S.A would still do just as well. Team U.S.A were trying to build a supposed well balanced TEAM, just because the players that were chosen are on TEAM U.S.A doesn’t make all of them the best players in the NBA. Team U.S.A’s roster is not filled from top to bottom with the best players in the league (considering that there still a lot of great players in the league that aren’t on that team, goes to show how lucky we are to have them play for us), but rather the players that work for the team and help make the team well rounded. This topic has nothing to do with what Paul said anyway, he just won a championship..which is far more important then a gold medal for a NBA player. You’re far off to the left.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    f*ck reading those long comments. Pierce played better in the series, Thats it. Kobe is better overall. Conversatoin over.

  • http://evolve.aokhost.com/logs/ Sylvio Mac

    Anyone hear about european teams possibly making a run at lebron when he becomes a free agent in 2010? I’d love to see the look on david stern’s face if (big IF) lebron actually takes off to europe

  • Jose

    for now pierce can say that,as long as he dosnt keep saying it over and over again

  • Roses

    All I’m saying is Pierce significantly outplayed Lebron and Kobe (widely considered to be the top 2 players in the world today) in the same month and on the biggest stage. Gotta respect that and clearly the man belongs in the discussion of top NBA player.

  • mitch

    not the best but extremly good I really like him, well I used to until he made that comment. I still like him but not as much.

  • Jolst

    In related news Earl Boykins says he’s the tallest man in the NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    hahahahaha jolst … thats beautiful.

  • chicagogreen

    roses, thank-you, finally some sanity here

    balla, you can not like pp, you reasonably argue that he doesn’t belong in the discussion of top players (i think you would be wrong but at least it would be an argument), but arguing that his game is “ugly,” that he is not a smart player, that his footwork and fundamentals are anything other than superb, that is just really dumb. So what if he doesn’t jump out of the gym, he is bigger and stronger than everybody else he faces except lebron and he uses that to get his shot off. (and his size gives lebron a ton of trouble since he is really the only other competitor lebron has in that area, maybe artest) Yes in the past he dribbled through double and triple teams with that spin move, but would you rather he passed the ball to kedrick brown, or vin baker? doesn’t get off the ground…what an asinine criticism, look at whether or not the ball goes in

  • john

    paul just happy right now cause they just won, but all that best player crap will cool down, IT BETTER!!!!… play kobe one on one paul,lol

  • joesmoove

    P2 is bugging. Where was he last year, they were the worst in the league and he was healthy! The Heat were bad this past year but DWade was hurt coming off 2 surgeries. We now see that he is healthy and everyone in the Eastern Conference better be prepared.

    Back to P2, clearly the NBA FInals bug is still in him. KG is the best player on his team, so he is not even the best on his squad. He is a solid player on both ends of the court no doubt, but the game is played above the rim these days and he has not ever been cleared for airspace my dude. He got lucky, did his job while the luck was with him, and that deserves much love and credit, but dream on P2.

    The best right now are DWade, Lebron, Kobe, Paul (you rate them, that stuff changes every season, this year coming up tells me DWade will rise above all!).

    Joesmoove

  • yoursweatersux

    Ok so wait a sec… he outplayed lebron and kobe, and won a championship doing so… so why isn’t he allowed to think he’s the best??? I’m not even saying he’s the best, but after what he accomplished, he’s allowed to think whatever the f*ck he wants. Frankly, a lot of people trash him b/c his game looks sloppy. But you know what? PP can get where he wants to go on the court, against any defender, at any time. He takes it to the cup whenever the f*ck he wants. Yeah you can talk all day about Kobe having a sick fadeway, or whatever. But Kobe couldn’t penetrate the celtics d, so he settled for jumpers. I’ll take a layup from PP any day of the week over one of Kobe’s retardedly difficult to make fadeways, even if he does make them a moderate amount of the time.

  • BC_24_8

    Paul Pierce thinks he’s the best player in the world, lets get one thing straight Paul Pierce couldn’t even get anywhere last season (06-07) with the worst record in the league Kobe on the other hand actually gt his team to the Playoffs. So he wins a title and a finals mvp with two future hall of famers and he thinks he’s the best on the planet he’s not even in the top 5 players list in the NBA not to even mention in the world. But it’s okay Kobe’s got people across the world that he’s the best player and Paul Pierce is saying it for himselve.

  • The Promise

    Well, I look at it like this. Just because Paul hung with Kobe in the finals doesnt mean hes better. I mean, he didnt destroy Kobe in the finals. He has his opinion, sure, but that doesnt mean its right. The only game he really outplayed Kobe was game 5, and he didnt even win that game. And if you remember, with like 40 seconds to go in the game, Kobe picks his pocket and puts the nail in the coffin with a 2 handed slam. If he was better than Kobe, he would have got by him and scored. Because thats what you do to somebody when you are better than them. And for the record, Vladamir Radmanovic guarded him for most of the game, not Kobe. It would have been a whole different story if Kobe guards him the whole game. I think everybody on this site that has any sense at all knows thats true.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ James: Once again you fail to use common sense. Considering having to share the ball with his teammates, 21 ppg is very good. And unstoppable is the entire Lakers team not being able to stop Paul Pierce whatsoever. I never said that Pierce is the best player in the world you idiot, but he is definitely a really good ball player. And by the way, Pierce is to your favorite player Lue as Michael Jordan is to you. ‘Nuff said.

    PS: ONYX hates you, James.

  • kb4ever8

    Pierce and josh Howard must be hanging our a lot this summer. Pierce is the best player in the world…… NOT!

  • Slobodan Chutzpah

    You could see this coming when, some weeks after winning the title, he was still hauling that Finals MVP trophy around like it contained the ashes of her deceased mother. Pierce become one of my favourite players during this season (partially because he seemed like a genuinely nice guy), but he’s seriously letting all of this get into his head. I see an unexpectedly difficult season ahead for the Celts.

  • Kid Charlatan

    To Yann Blavec, who said, “The NBA finals mvp is always a member of the winning team. Does that mean that Bill Russel was better than Wilt?” … In 1969, Jerry West won Finals MVP while playing for the losing team.

  • http://slam.com Prince 1

    No way hes not better than KOBE

  • Lamar Odom

    He is best!

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