When asked "who's the better NBA player," he or Wade, Pierce responded: "That's easy. I can say that off the bat. That's me." He continued his argument by saying he would be in possession of several championships if he had Shaq on his team in the early days of his NBA career and then LeBron and Chris Bosh later in his career.
"If you give me Shaq, if you give me LeBron [...] If you give me these guys early in my career... When I was 24 years old, if you give me Shaq. When I'm 24-25 you give me LeBron and Bosh, I'd be sitting on five or six championships. Easy." Wade has won three NBA championships while Pierce won one in 2008.
Watch the exchange below or the full clip up top.
Paul Pierce says he had a better career than Dwyane Wade 👀 pic.twitter.com/8Q6AbYNxe1— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 6, 2019
Needless to say, a lot of people on social media were not in agreement with Pierce's assessment.
I see Twitter is doing the Lord’s work and dragging Paul Pierce for this foolishness. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/d0LxIUzM2Q— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) April 6, 2019
It’s okay to be white— Steven Rodriguez (@_stevenrod) April 6, 2019
It’s okay to be black
It’s okay to be Asian
It’s okay to be Hispanic
It’s okay to be female
It’s okay to be male
It’s okay to be gay
It’s okay to be straight
It’s okay to be YOU
it's NEVER okay to say Paul Pierce was better than Dwyane Wade
So I watched the clip...— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 6, 2019
I love Paul Pierce. One of my favorites ever.
He's nuts saying he had a better career than Dwyane Wade.
Love the confidence, but...
Who Paul Pierce thinks he is— Daniel (@DanielM2k2020) April 6, 2019
Who Paul Pierce actually is pic.twitter.com/UW4jTYzfue
How much would you pay to watch Dwyane Wade play 1-on-1 against Paul Pierce right now?— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) April 6, 2019
Paul Pierce really said with a straight face his career was better than D Wade pic.twitter.com/no6WIY9Nrc— HoopMixOnly (@HoopMixOnly) April 6, 2019
Dwyane Wade looking at Paul Pierce. pic.twitter.com/EbSbfqp3lH— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) April 6, 2019