Paul Pierce criticises Kevin Durant for moving to the Golden State Warriors

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It seems as though everybody in and around the NBA has had an opinion on Kevin Durant's summer switch to the Golden State Warriors.

However, Paul Pierce is a man whose opinion certainly carries a little bit of weight.

As a former NBA Finals MVP and NBA champion, he wasn't always a contender in Boston. In fact, the Celtics finished rock bottom the year before they won the title in 2008.

They managed to turn things around by acquiring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the same offseason to compliment Rajon Rondo and Pierce, but The Truth still doesn't agree with KD's decision.

"I’m an old-school guy. I’m a competitor. I never believed that - when you want to be the best, you’ve to beat the best. That’s always been something that’s driven me. Today’s day and age, a lot of these guys are friends. That’s like if Bird decided to go play with Magic or something. These guys, I think the competition makes the game what is.

"And Oklahoma, I felt like, was a contending team. They had Golden State on the ropes. I understand when you have great players on losing teams who are tired of losing, struggling in the playoffs every year. You’re the lone star. I’ve been in that position. I could have left Boston years ago, but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close, as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just put you out.

"That’s just me personally, but we’re living in a day and time where there’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think they are as hungry or competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that."

It's a strange logic in many ways, because Durant is only going in search of a ring like Garnett did after long service with the Minnesota Timberwolves. That particular move resulted in a ring for Pierce and years of contention, and that's all KD wants to do.

Sure, the Thunder may have got there, but the 2014 MVP is just giving himself the best chance possible. Pierce, now with the L.A. Clippers and entering his final season in the league, will face off with the Warriors four times this coming season at least.

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