Thursday , Nov , 13 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Battle of the buzzer-beaters: Paul Pierce versus Kobe Bryant?

The implication was obvious. I got it. You got it. Heck, a chimpanzee could get it. Fresh off his championship ring, and perhaps feeling the need to puff out his chest, Pierce was declaring himself better than Kobe Bryant. Personally, I wasn’t offended by his comments. The star was showing the confidence that helped him overcome falling to tenth in the draft and being labelled as Antoine Walker’s shoulder-shimmying buddy …


Battle of the buzzer-beaters: Paul Pierce versus Kobe Bryant?Last July, Paul Pierce went there, making the kind of grand statement that would have his wife kicking him under the table in front of dinner guests. The Finals MVP drew ‘what you talking bout Willis’ stares when boasting he was the league’s best player. 

"I have an opinion, I have a right to have one and that’s the way I feel. I felt I’ve played against the best over the years and felt right now that I’m the best player in the world." (Boston Herald, July 31/08)

The implication was obvious. I got it. You got it. Heck, a chimpanzee could get it. Fresh off his championship ring, and perhaps feeling the need to puff out his chest, Pierce was declaring himself better than Kobe Bryant.

Personally, I wasn’t offended by his comments. The star was showing the confidence that helped him overcome falling to tenth in the draft and being labelled as Antoine Walker’s shoulder-shimmying buddy.        

I expect the Boston-Los Angeles, ‘Truth-Mamba’ rivalry to again blossom in the 2008-09 NBA Finals. Last night, Pierce and Kobe once again went at it. Well, sort of. Instead of battling each other, the duo competed for the lead highlight on ESPN Sportcenter.   

Both players propelled their teams to victories, albeit in separate games, with clutch shots. Pierce, in a Bird-‘Nique’1988 flashback, crossed over the defense and nailed a fade-away jump shot on the Hawks with a mere half-second remaining. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, with the shot clock winding down, Bryant sank an impossible shot on James Posey to seal the victory.

Who had the better buzzer-beater? Pierce or Bryant? As always, watch both clips, form an opinion, and get at us in the comment box below?


(‘The Truth’ delivers.)




(Kobe Bean on Pose. Just wait until 4:23 of the package.)


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