LeBron James recently sat down for an NBA TV interview with Ahmad Rashad. In an effort to compare all-time greats, Rashad was eager for LeBron to call Kobe Bryant his rival. James brushed aside that notion however, instead choosing to bring up Paul Pierce and the Celtics:
Ahmad Rashad: "Wilt Chamberlain had Russell as his rival, Bird had Magic, is Kobe your rival?"
LeBron: "When you look at Wilt and Russell, they met multiple times in the Finals, same with Magic and Bird. It's unfortunate we've [LeBron and Kobe] never had an opportunity to meet in the Finals... I don't think two games a season is enough to classify as a rivalry. I would say that I don't really have an individual rivalry, I think the closest would be Paul Pierce. I would say Boston is a rival of mine because I've met them so many times in the postseason; I've been able to advance against them, they've sent me home fishing a few times. I would say Boston and Paul Pierce would kind of be that guy if I had to name just one guy."
Click here to watch the full video at NBA.com, thanks to @MrTrpleDouble10 for the find.
Notice how LeBron feels the need to throw in that "I don't really have an individual rival" quip; as if no one is fit to be called a "rival" to his royal highness King James.
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