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Paul Pierce on what LeBron James winning NBA title this year would mean

Some people think LeBron James is already the greatest player in NBA history. Others think he is second or third on the list of the greatest players ever, and some think he ranks significantly lower.

But regardless of where he objectively ranks, his career isn’t exactly over yet. He’s still putting up impressive numbers this season, and there are those who feel the Los Angeles Lakers could make an unexpectedly deep run in this year’s playoffs.

Former Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce, who was once one of James’ biggest rivals, thinks if the 39-year-old wins this year’s NBA championship, it would mean he would be the “undisputed” greatest player ever.

Pierce’s reasoning is that James would have a comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 NBA Finals against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors and a ring as a very low seed on his resume.

Last season, the Lakers went to the Western Conference Finals as the Western Conference’s seventh seed. If they are to win the world title this season, they would have to overcome some very stiff competition, beginning in the play-in tournament.

That would mean getting past the defending champion Denver Nuggets, whom L.A. simply doesn’t seem able to beat.

But if the team were to down Nikola Jokic and company and then finish the job in the NBA Finals, it would certainly be yet another notch on James’ belt.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire