‘Straight Hater’: Lakers Fans Left Fuming After Paul Pierce’s Assessment of LeBron James and Co

Published 10/22/2021, 10:19 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers wipes sweat from his brow during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)


The Los Angeles Lakers’ season got off to a poor start, as they slumped to a loss against Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors. With a revamped setup, LeBron James and co. started brilliantly, remaining in control for about three quarters. However, when it rained, it poured. The team was left rattled in Q4, being totally outplayed by their opposition. Following the disappointing outing, former player and analyst Paul Pierce has made a bold statement on the current Lakers squad.

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Last season, the Lakers were nowhere near the expectations. For the most part, LeBron James and Anthony Davis did most of the work, without much support. When crowded out, the yellow brigade struggled tactically. Thus, it was imperative for them to acquire backup in the off-season. They did so, and how! With some star reinforcements in Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony joining the group along with some young guns, the stage was set for a cracker of a season. On the contrary, the side was handed a harsh reality check on Tuesday.

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Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dribbles a ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers fans frustrated as Paul Pierce makes bold comparison of current side

Way back in 2003-04, the Lakers made it to the Finals. But it wasn’t the usual domination from Kobe Bryant’s side, and injuries caused huge problems for them. Karl Malone and Gary Payton were Kobe’s brothers in arms then, and the team fell short of the title. As per a recent report, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has made a slightly negative comparison of the current LA team to the one in 2003-04.

“This team is really giving me that Karl Malone, Gary Payton when they were with Kobe, that kind of feel,” laid out Pierce. The comments did not fit well, as Lakers fans hit out at the 10-time All-star on social media. While one fan quite literally told Paul to “stfu”, another fan claimed, “Gary Payton ain’t Westbrook. Karl Malone ain’t Anthony Davis. Carmelo Anthony is ten times better than they were at the same age. He a straight hater.” Take a look.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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