At the Washington Wizards media day, center Marcin Gortat shared an interesting story about Paul Pierce’s time with the team last season. Gortat stated Pierce told him “not to wear LeBron James’s shoes to practice” thus confirming the rivalry still lives.
Pierce has faced with James many times in the postseason and the two have always had a rivalry of trash talking within a high level of competition. Gortat’s shoe game was just a poor casualty of Pierce’s stubbornness and old school mentality.
After one year in Washington, Pierce has migrated to the Los Angeles Clippers so Gortat and the other Wizards are free to wear any shoes they want now.