The Brooklyn Nets are preparing to take on the Miami Heat in Game one of their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series tonight.
The contest will pit Nets man Paul Pierce and LeBron James against each other once again as the two stars renew their postseason rivalry.
With the two having done battle throughout the years in Cleveland, Miami, and Boston, it is safe to say LeBron is far from a good friend of Pierce:
"When you're in for the same prize and only one of you can get it, there's going to be a dislike there," said the former Celtics man when asked of his thoughts on James.
"It's nothing that's carried off the court. I think the dislike between LeBron and Miami and Cleveland, I think it's all based on what we're both chasing. And that's about it."
Pierce is widely known as one of the more intense players in the NBA, and revealed that his feelings towards LeBron are not unique when it comes to his fellow NBA peers:
"I'm not intimated by nobody.
"I've been to the All-Star Game with a lot of them. But it's just a mutual respect. It's not like I'm calling anybody except for the people I grew up with and my family."
Pierce has come up against LeBron in postseason action in five of the past seven years but the veteran has failed to make it past James since his arrival in Miami.
But with the Brooklyn Nets having enjoyed a 4-0 series sweep against the Heat in regular season play, Pierce will be holding out hope that he can come out on top this time around when he comes up against his old adversary.