LeBron James has had a nasty rivalry with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce (along with their Celtics) throughout his career.
Epic playoff series after epic playoff series have defined James' ascent to NBA Champion. For LeBron James to get his champion, he needed to go through Garnett and Pierce. When he finally did that in 2011, it was a moment of pure joy and jubilance. James accomplished something he had never done before and got over the proverbial hump.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce still appear to stand in James' way. And the rivalry continues. Particularly with Ray Allen getting set for his second year with the Heat and all the animosity between Allen's former teammates and Allen.
So now that Garnett and Pierce have jumped ship to the Nets as part of the blockbuster deal from this summer, James is a bit amused at the question of loyalty Garnett and Pierce asked of Allen only a year ago.
I think the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and no...