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#pounditThursday, January 28, 2021

Brandon Jennings shades Paul Pierce after final career game, backpedals

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Paul Pierce’s Hall of Fame career came to an end Sunday after 19 illustrious seasons, and he was showered by congrats and well wishes from his fellow NBA players. Alas, Wizards guard Brandon Jennings was not one of them.

After Pierce’s Clippers were eliminated by the Utah Jazz to wrap up the 39-year-old’s final NBA season, Jennings appeared to take a shot at Pierce, saying that he didn’t deserve a farewell tour because he only won one championship.

Jennings was rightfully skewered for the dig and ultimately backtracked, offering a (somewhat revisionist) salute to Pierce instead.

While it’s quite similar to a jab Draymond Green took at Pierce during the regular season, to reduce the former Finals MVP’s career down to his lone title is silly. Pierce was a 10-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection, dropped over 26,000 career points (15th all-time), and was one of the most impactful and clutch wing players of the 21st century. Jennings is a fan of creating controversy, but nobody is buying his argument that Pierce isn’t worthy of all the respect he’s getting after his legendary basketball career.

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