Paul Pierce compares Kevin Durant joining the Warriors to a kid joining the bullies that beat him up

Paul Pierce does not like super teams. He didn’t like LeBron James’ Heat teams. He doesn’t seem to like the Warriors, either. He’s beefed publicly with Draymond Green, and on Tuesday he took an unsolicited shot at Kevin Durant, comparing his move to the Warriors to a kid joining up with bullies after getting beat up by them…

“I’m just not built like that. I’m not a guy who goes into the neighborhood, gets beat up by the bully’s gang and now I want to join your gang. That’s just not me. I want to fight. Let’s go. I’m gonna stand up for myself.”

Of course Pierce, himself, was on the team in Boston that kicked off this recent era of super teams, but that doesn’t seem to be his problem with Durant’s decision. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were traded to Boston and formed a new “gang,” to use Pierce’s terminology.

That makes some sense, but what doesn’t make any sense is the belief these self-proclaimed “old school” guys espouse where competition should be the No. 1 factor when a player makes a career choice. Did these older players really put competition over financial opportunity and quality of life? No, they didn’t, no matter how much they claim they did.

Maybe Durant wasn’t enjoying playing basketball in Oklahoma City. Maybe his decision had nothing to do with the fear of losing to Golden State again and everything to do with having fun playing the sport he loves.

Anybody who has ever played the sport at ANY level knows it’s not very fun to play with a ball dominant (that’s a nice way of saying “ball hog”) player like Russell Westbrook — even when you’re winning.

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