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The ongoing trash-talking saga between Draymond Green and Paul Pierce continues.
On the latest episode of "Dray Day," the two-time All-Star unloaded on the 2008 NBA Finals MVP.
"At the end of the day, you got the same amount of rings as I got," Draymond said about Pierce, speaking to BANG's Marcus Thompson. "And here I am five years in and he's at the end. I got another opportunity to possibly do it. You got one more go at it and that go really is not in his hands.
"At the end of the day -- it’s nothing personal. I don’t hate Paul Pierce or anything like that. But if you gon talk junk, I don’t hold anything back when I’m talking junk. If I’ma talk, I’ma talk. And I’ma take it to wherever it needs to go ... I said what I had to say and he said no more after that."
During last Thursday night's Warriors-Clippers game, Pierce started it by telling Blake Griffin to attack because Draymond can't guard him.
The back-and-forth ended with Draymond saying: "Chasing that farewell tour -- they don't love you like that. You can't get no farewell tour, they don't love you like that ... you thought you was Kobe?"
Is it disrespectful for Draymond to go at a future Hall of Famer like Pierce?
"If you gonna talk junk to me -- whether you're an old G, whether you're a Hall of Famer, whatever is -- you're throwing that respect thing out the window," Draymond explained. "That doesn't just give you the right to say whatever you want to say to me. So when you do that -- Charles Barkley -- that's cool and I respect what you've done, but at the end of the day I'm still a man and you're still a man. And if you want to talk and take it there we can talk and take it there...
"When you look at certain situations with this particular person, there's a few things in the whole thing that gets forgot ... don't get me wrong, Pierce was a damn good player. He had an amazing career, but people tend to forget he was struggling to get to the playoffs and was on the trading block every year, and then all of a sudden Ray Allen and KG showed up. Let's not forget that."
The Celtics selected Pierce with the 10th pick in the 1998 draft, and Boston missed the playoffs in Pierce's first three seasons.
Boston lost in the East Finals in 2002, the East Semis in 2003 and the first round in 2004 and 2005.
After missing the postseason in 2006 and 2007, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen arrived and Boston won the title in 2008.
"I hate when guys come to me and say, "You can't carry a team. You ain't do this, you can't do that.' But how good were you at carrying a team?" Draymond said. "And by the way, it's never really proven that I can't. Or that I don't. It's never really proven. But it's proven with you (Pierce) because you couldn't win.
"Just because you were scoring points don't mean you were carrying a team. If you couldn't get anywhere and you couldn't do nothing, where were you carrying them to?
"And so I think people tend to forget that and people will look at numbers, but sometimes they're empty stats ... Pierce has had an amazing career. He was a beast. But how far was he carrying those teams?"