Paul Pierce has touched another one of NBA Twitter’s third rails.

The Boston Celtics legend is receiving a torrent of criticism after he omitted LeBron James from his list of the five best players in NBA history Wednesday during his appearance on ESPN’s “NBA Countdown.” Some NBA observers argue James is the greatest player of all time, but Pierce believes he pales in comparison to Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, because James didn’t “build up” organizations or extend their respective winning traditions during his career.

“He (James) went and put together a team in Miami and in some ways he came back to Cleveland to put that team together,” Pierce said. “And then he to the Lakers where tradition has already has been made, and that’s still to be continued. So in saying that, that’s my argument.”

Predictably, Pierce’s take put him back in the crosshairs of NBA Twitter.

Nevertheless, Pierce doubled down via Twitter later in the afternoon.

Pierce probably should have seen all of this coming. Then again, he probably did.

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