Duncan had one of the more impressive carry-jobs in '03 with a very old (but still amazing in limited minutes) Admiral while Larry turned a lottery Celtic squad into a title contender overnight without McHale and Parish. I think 2007 LeBron was clearly a level below rookie Larry, ntm peak Duncan. Most of the players he listed with the exception of Kobe (even then, 2006/2008 Kobe was a superior player compared to 2007 LeBron imo) would've very likely taken that Cavs team to the finals or even the promised land.
Love ya, Truth, but you've lost some marbles with this one.Uhhhh anyone not named Kobe on that list? Let's be honest, 2007 LeBron was not peak LeBron lol (2009-2017/2018). But yes, Pierce has lost his marbles with that take lol.
LeBron Raymone James is SQUARELY a top 10 player of ALL TIME, period.
And out of that list of players he stated, name me ONE that could've dragged that CLE team in 2006-07 to the NBA Finals.
An INCREDIBLE feat...doesn't get talked about as much as it should. LeBron Raymone James was INCREDIBLE that season.
Can anyone here name CLE's SECOND BEST player back then? Big Z? Side Show? In 2006-07?
EACH of those players had KEY help along their way...EACH of them.
I can't stand LeBron James from a COMPETITIVE standpoint, I give folks that much. But I hope that our Paul Pierce won't let the fact that James has run roughshod over BOS most of the time cloud his brain.
The NBA has been LeBron James' China Shop and guess who's the Bull (not Michael).
LeBron wasn't PEAK then but he certainly was good enough all-round to bring that team to the Finals then.
No one on that list could've taken that team to the Finals...not by themselves with that roster AS IT.
David ain't coming to help Duncan this time...no McHale and Chief to help Larry...........etc, etc, etc....
This isn't to say that LeBron isn't a top 5 player of all time (if not top 3 or 4 lol), I just think using his 2007 campaign to make an argument for Pierce losing his marbles isn't the best idea.
I get your argument but I still don't see ANY player on Paul's list taking that 2006-07 CLE team to the Finals.
LeBron did it.
With how weak the east was I think everyone on the list could make it.
^this. I didn't put Kobe as a lock because he wasn't on that super next level plane of existence during his peak, but he was still a better player than 2007 LeBron and would've had a pretty good shot at making the finals with that supporting cast imo.
Rockets PG: Westbrook, Rivers, Clemons SG: Harden, Gordon, McLemore
SF: House, Carroll, Caboclo PF: Covington, Green, Williams
C: Tucker, Hartenstein, Bender
Warriors PG: Curry, Jackson, Bowman SG: Thompson, Lee, Poole
SF: Wiggins, Okoro, Anderson PF: Green, Paschall, MKG
C: Looney, Chriss, Smiley