Paul Pierce and ESPN were never meant to be. 

The former Celtics star was fired in April following a video he posted on Instagram Live that showed him gambling and smoking with some friends in the presence of twerking strippers. In a new interview with Sports Illustrated tied to his upcoming Hall of Fame induction, Pierce admitted that the partnership was never a “great fit.”

Pierce said he was “done” with ESPN by the time the incident occurred, citing the travel and the way too demanding network executives as reasons he never loved the job. There was also the matter of having to talk about his former rival on the air ad nauseam

“There’s a lot of stuff over there that you can’t say. And you have to talk about LeBron all the time,” he said.