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 Sports

LeBron James No Longer Views Paul Pierce As A Rival

LeBron James begins his journey for a third-straight title Tuesday, opening night against the Chicago Bulls. His story continues, as LeBron begins a new chapter in his legacy. In the pages that have already been read and torn out, James has defeated some bitter rivals.

None more bitter and competitive than Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics.

However, James told the Miami Herald that he no longer views Pierce as his adversary, or anyone else for that matter.

LeBron James has said in the recent past that Paul Pierce is his No.1 rival in the NBA, but those days are apparently gone. James told The Miami Herald this week that “Paul was one of those rival guys, but I’ve been going against different guys the last few years.”

When he was in Cleveland, the Celtics were to James as the Detroit Pistons were to Michael Jordan. Pierce, however, was the point of impact during those rivalry games. It took a while for James to defeat the Celtics. In fact, it took him signing with the Miami Heat (and the aging of the Celtics crew) to do it.

Lately, it has been Derrick Rose and the Bulls and Paul George and the Indiana Pacers that have been the biggest challenge for James. Both of those teams, and the Celtic-infused Nets, will present an even more daunting task as the Heat look to threepeat this season.

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