Barry Jackson

Pierce says he’s better than Wade, and Wade needed stars to win. Wade and wife respond.

Given a second shot to address the topic in ESPN’s studio early Saturday morning, Paul Pierce stood by his assertion that he had a better career than Dwyane Wade, emphasizing a point he made on ESPN’s NBA studio show earlier in the evening.

“When I’m 24, 25, give me Shaq, LeBron [James], [Chris] Bosh, I would be sitting on four or five NBA championships, easy [instead of one],” Pierce said.

“If I had K.G. [Kevin Garnett] and Ray [Allen], if we played together back in 2003 and ‘04, it would be a no-brainer. You have to be lucky to be blessed with other great players…. Wade didn’t win without LeBron, Bosh, Shaq [O’Neal]. You can’t do it by yourself.

“People only remember my Big Three era [with Garnett and Allen in Boston]. People forget early 2000s, my matchups with the Nets, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, 45 in the closeout game. [Playoff game against] Indiana, 28 in the second half. I had a lot of stuff people didn’t get a chance to see before Twitter or Instagram. Go to Youtube, see early 2000 Paul Pierce.”

Asked who had the better career, Pierce said: “That’s easy. Off the bat, me.”

Wade made clear how he feels about the matter on Twitter late Friday night.

Wade retweeted this tweet from Chris Martin Palmer – Lamar Odom’s biographer:

“Paul Pierce embarrassing himself.

DWade

13 All Stars

8 times All-NBA

3 times All-Defense

3 rings

Pierce

10 All-Stars

4 times All-NBA

0 All-Defense

1 Ring

And Wade said of Palmer’s tweet: “Once again you said it better than I could!”

And Wade added the same line when he retweeted Nets player Jared Dudley’s comment about Pierce: “Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Both had great careers but DWade is the third best shooting guard of all time.”

Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union, weighed in on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, saying: “This @paulpierce34 thing is wrong on many obvious levels but what I find most troublesome is this idea of a man trying to diminish another man that looks like him, was raised like him, in order to shine a tad brighter. [Expletive] isn’t entertaining. It’s sad & good people.”

Wade has averaged 22.0 points in his career, Pierce 19.7.

Pierce said there are no hard feelings: “This is love. It’s a debate. We both want to be in the room” of all-time greats.

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