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The Boston Celtics/Los Angeles Lakers rivalry is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. It is a rivalry that has span over decades. Sometimes it has decided championships.

Two of the latest Celtics and Lakers greats are Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant. Paul Pierce said about Kobe Bryant:

“Just to have the opportunity to matchup with him and know him on and off the court was special. kobe Bryant made me who I am.”

“I played mad against everybody, but him.”

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While there is a great rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics, the great players that make the rivalry great still have respect for each other.