LeBron James Considered Playing For Dallas Cowboys During 2011 NBA Lockout

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Kendrick Perkins, who played with both Pierce and James during his career, said the animosity between the two goes back to 2004 when Pierce, sick of hearing about all the hoopla surrounding the self-proclaimed "King James", spit at the Cavs bench during a preseason game.

"Ever since that moment", Perkins continued, "LeBron James and Paul Pierce hate each other".

James eventually addressed the criticism by returning to Cleveland in the summer of 2014 and leading the Cavs to their maiden title in 2016, when the franchise became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals as they defeated the Golden State Warriors in seven games. He later suffered in Los Angeles for a year, sure, but then the Lakers swung a deal for the Pelicans' Anthony Davis last summer. Pierce, who didn't win a ring until the C's brought Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen into the picture, would know about this more than anyone.

Pierce's beef with James shouldn't come as a big shocker.

Pierce believes James "put together" his championship teams in Miami and Cleveland, unlike the other legends in his personal top five. "(James) went and put together that team in Miami.

And James, for what it's worth, never hid from this feud.

"I had no idea how long the lockout was gonna be, and myself and my trainer Mike Mancias, we really started to starting to actually train to be a football player", James said in an interview posted to his YouTube channel. "Boston and Paul Pierce would kind of be that [rival], if I had to name just one".

Pierce and James met in four playoff series over a five-year span between 2008 and 2012, which surely added fuel to their rivalry. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries.

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