Paul PierceÂ said it. He meant it. And he still means it.Â The Boston Celtics small forward/guard recently was asked by a Spanish publication whether he thoughtÂ Kobe BryantÂ was the best player in the world.
Pierce said no. The NBA Finals MVP called himself the “best player.”
He added, “Thereâ€™s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I donâ€™t cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”
On Thursday, Pierce stood by his comments, saying he is entitled to his opinion.
“Thatâ€™s what I said. I am a confident player and a lot of people might look at it like â€™Oh, another cocky attitude,â€™ but I donâ€™t look at it that way,” said Pierce, who is in Hawthorne for his annual youth basketball camp at Hangar Athletic Xchange.
“I have an opinion, I have a right to have one and thatâ€™s the way I feel. I felt Iâ€™ve played against the best over the years and felt right now that Iâ€™m the best player in the world.”