Posted October 18, 2013

Video: Nets’ Paul Pierce delivers ‘message’ by fouling Heat’s LeBron James

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Paul Pierce

The off-court back-and-forth between LeBron James and the Celtics-turned-Nets was supplemented by a little on-court fireworks Thursday, when Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce delivered a hard foul to Miami’s MVP forward during the first quarter of a preseason game.

With a little more than six minutes remaining in the first quarter, James pushed the ball up hard in transition, looking to cut towards the paint from the left side of the court. A backtracking Pierce slid into James’ path, leaning in with his right shoulder to send James stumbling off-kilter.

The New York Daily News reports that Pierce’s intention with the play was to put the entire NBA on notice.

“That’s going to (be) our identity. It’s a message to the league.”

“Definitely we want to be a hard, grind-it-out team,” Pierce said of the Nets’ defensive philosophy. “We don’t (want) nothing to be easy for the other team.”

Before the game, James suggested that Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers were perhaps a little hypocritical for leaving the Celtics one year after they criticized former Celtics guard Ray Allen for signing with the Heat. Garnett fired back, saying LeBron should “worry about Miami.”

Let’s be candid: this wasn’t exactly the most intimidating, bone-crushing message from Pierce. Watching the replay of the foul, the message he sends reads something like: “I understood my limitations and was savvy enough not to let LeBron embarrass me.”

Brooklyn went on to win the exhibition game 86-62. More importantly, all parties seemingly left the Barclays Center eager to start the Heat/Nets rivalry right where Heat/Celtics left off.

Miami will visit Brooklyn on Nov. 1 for the first of four match-ups this season. Adding a “layer of intrigue” (read: stack of cash), the two teams will reportedly wear “nickname jerseys” during one of their contests this season.

10 comments
bambam824
bambam824

Lebron lowered his shoulder and rammed into another player, football style, and gets away with another charge. Nothing new here.

sugaslim
sugaslim

wtf that wasnt a hard foul. bet he thinks twice about doing it again cuz i guarantee he felt it more than lbj

KennyCarter
KennyCarter

Great defense, Pierce...sort of like the time he shoved J. J. Redick out of bounds as he was setting up fpr a three-pointer in the 2009 Playoffs. 

Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse
Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse

Paul Pierce is dumb, Delonte West traveled back in time to father LeBron James and the Orlando Magic are gonna be winning titles very soon.

me1
me1

Flat-footed and about to be embarrassed. What "message" was sent? That I can't move my feet fast enough? Or that I am a tough guy? Here is a clue...if you want to commit a "hard foul", how about the person you are fouling is physically moved more than the person doing the fouling by the foul. 

S S Walker
S S Walker

@Eman,MasterOfTheUniverse 

paul peirce need to be the abilify commercial with the nutsy cartoon lady and shadow following her around!  Magic, be prepared for other idiot moves by other idiots!!