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“I still hate Boston. We all hate Boston here” — LeBron James said he will never love the Boston Celtics

We all know who LeBron was rooting for in last season's NBA Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James in Boston

LeBron James

Even before LeBron James took his throne to Los Angeles, he already had a burning hatred for the Boston Celtics. After all, The King had his fair share of battles with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's Celtics, as well as the young core of Jayson Tatum and the rest years after. Once joining the Lakers, LeBron became a part of the C's sworn enemy - and it only enhanced his feelings towards the Celtics.

Even years after, James still loathes the Celtics.

When James was asked at Lakers Media Day who were the players he hated going up against, he said there were 3 of them — Kendrick Perkins, Lance Stephenson, and Patrick Beverley (who all ironically ended up becoming his teammates). While these 3 pestered James the most, he admitted that it was Perkins' team that he hated and wanted to beat the most.

It makes sense why James would single out the Celtics because, as mentioned above, it's the team that he shared the most battles with, unlike Stephenson and Beverly's teams. He also probably hates Boston even more now that he wears the purple and gold armor, which is why he's on a mission to secure the Lakers' 18th championship banner before Boston does.

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