Miami Heat fans got to spend Tuesday night celebrating Dwyane Wade, and at the same time they showed their loyalty with a funny chant.
Late in Wade’s final home game with the Heat, the fans at American Airlines Arena started a “Paul Pierce sucks” chant.
Heat fans really started a "Paul Pierce sucks" chant in Dwyane Wade's last home game pic.twitter.com/gXT7rBda4v
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 10, 2019
The chant was in response to Pierce’s recent claim that he had a better career than Wade. Many found that claim to be laughable, and Heat fans were particularly angered by it.
That’s not all. They also booed when a video of Derek Jeter sending a message to Wade was shown, according to Ethan J. Skolnick.
The only person to get some boos when shown on the screen here tonight sending a message to Dwyane Wade?
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 10, 2019
Fans in Miami are upset with Jeter over the terrible way the Marlins have been run since he took over.
Paul Pierce was heavily criticized over the weekend for making the argument that he had a better NBA career than Dwyane Wade, and the Boston Celtics legend has no intention of backing down from that claim.
Pierce said during ESPN’s NBA coverage on Friday that he would “be sitting on five or six championships, easy” if he played with Hall of Famers like Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James during the prime of his career. Wade fired back on Twitter and made it clear that he disagrees, but Pierce kept up the argument on Saturday by sharing arguments in favor of his career over Wade’s.
That part https://t.co/gTFAvgsoDQ
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) April 7, 2019
That part https://t.co/91mk9zAlUS
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) April 7, 2019
No one is debating that Pierce had an incredible career and is a Hall of Famer, but trying to convince people of why his career was better than a fellow future Hall of Famer’s is a bad look. Even if he thinks he did more during his time in the NBA than Wade has, he should leave that for other people to debate.
We’ve already seen in the past how much Pierce loves the spotlight, and this seems to be another example of that.
Did Paul Pierce have a better NBA career than Dwyane Wade? The former Boston Celtic certainly thinks so, but the Wade family doesn’t care for that argument.
Wade’s 17-year-old son Zaire posted a pretty clear response to Pierce, noting that in 19 years, Pierce only managed one NBA title.
Zaire not tolerating any disrespect to his dad’s legacy pic.twitter.com/prMMDRcxgd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 6, 2019
Wade himself had already responded to Pierce in a slightly more muted fashion, and it’s no surprise that family sticks together. For many people, it does come down to championship rings, and Wade has three of them while Pierce can only claim one.
Pierce is a Hall-of-Famer. Wade will be one when his time comes. But Pierce definitely has an ego, too, and he started the discussion. Everyone else in Wade’s corner seems intent on finishing it.
Dwyane Wade on Friday night responded to a bold claim from Paul Pierce.
While speaking in his role as an analyst for ESPN’s NBA coverage, Pierce said Friday that he had a better career than Wade.
Paul Pierce says he had a better career than Dwyane Wade pic.twitter.com/8Q6AbYNxe1
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 6, 2019
Pierce’s claim was met with much derision online.
NBA player Jared Dudley laughed and suggested Pierce was on drugs.
Cocaine is helleva drug! Both has great careers but Dwade is 3rd best SG of all-time https://t.co/PuvyiRfbGM
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) April 6, 2019
Wade says Dudley’s response was in line with his thinking.
You said it better than i could. https://t.co/5LhKnHW9xX
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 6, 2019
Pierce is a Hall of Fame player who probably deserves more respect than he receives, but he had a weak argument when Jalen Rose gave these comparisons:
Paul Pierce’s face as Jalen lists all the honors Dwyane Wade had that Pierce couldn’t match, with Beadle providing commentary pic.twitter.com/A4eAqEBLRE
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 6, 2019
However, you can always pick your stats to make the argument you want. There are other stats that make Pierce’s argument much better.
Pts: Pierce 26,397 (15 NBA history), Wade 23,065 (30)
Reb: Pierce 7,527 (81) Wade 4,913 (?)
Ast: Pierce 4,708 (73) Wade 5,680 (42)
TS%: Pierce .5679 (95) Wade .5542 (176)
ORtg: Pierce 108.78 (235) Wade 108.94 (235)
DRtg: Pierce 102.72 (109) Wade 104.45 (191)
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) April 6, 2019
In the end, Pierce is just showing again that he’s jealous he didn’t get the farewell tour Wade received. We’ve learned how much he loves the spotlight.
Monday was Isaiah Thomas’ time to finally receive the recognition from Boston Celtics fans that he deserved. It also opened up an opportunity for Chauncey Billups to bring up a sore spot with one of his colleagues.
You may recall that last year Paul Pierce blocked Thomas from receiving a video tribute upon a trip to Boston because it would take some attention away from Pierce, who was being honored with his jersey retirement that day. The end result is that Thomas didn’t receive his tribute until Monday, a year and a half after his trade away from the Celtics.
The video tribute went well and ended with a standing ovation for Thomas at TD Garden.
Billups, an analyst at ESPN, had some fun rehashing the past with Pierce. Watch:
Things get awkward with Paul Pierce when confronted about the IT tribute video, tries to excuse it, eventually says "That's my night. If you don't like it, oh well." pic.twitter.com/ylwMPb9D0o
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) March 19, 2019
Pierce hogging the spotlight the day of his jersey retirement was his prerogative and a right he earned, but it rubbed some the wrong way. Billups had some fun bringing that back up again.
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Markus Howard’s performance on Friday night was the truth in more ways than one.
The Marquette guard exploded for 45 points in a 103-85 win over Buffalo, including dropping an unfathomable 40 points in the second half alone. Howard also added five rebounds and four assists while shooting 12-for-25 from the field, 9-for-13 from three, and a perfect 12-for-12 from the line.
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 22, 2018
The loss was Buffalo’s first of the season, and Howard was well aware of it. After one of those buckets, the junior went full Paul Pierce and hit the crowd with the “I called game” line, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Ben Steele.
Think Markus just yelled "I called game" to the crowd just now. Cold blooded. #mubb
— Ben Steele (@BenSteeleMJS) December 22, 2018
Howard entered play on Friday averaging a team-high 23.2 points per game to help lead Marquette to the No. 20 ranking in the country. There’s a reason why he made our list of college basketball’s biggest under-the-radar stars at the start of the year, but after this eruption against Buffalo, Howard may not be under the radar for much longer.
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As Ray Allen prepares to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this month, there have been some questions about whether or not his former Boston Celtics teammates will cast their differences aside and be there to support the former sharpshooter. Allen clearly isn’t counting on it.
In a lengthy interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Allen was asked if he expects to speak with or hear from any of his ex-Celtics teammates about his enshrinement in Springfield. He was pretty blunt.
“No, I don’t expect to,” Allen told Charania.
Allen, of course, angered his former Celtics teammates when he chose to sign with the Miami Heat in 2012 rather than continuing to chase championships in Boston, where he helped win a title in 2008. He said he has since made amends with Paul Pierce but has not spoken with Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo or others.
“I talked to Paul a year ago today, and we patched it out,” Allen said. “So much was made about my decision, and they were upset with me because I left for Miami. But it will never change what went on between us in 2008.”
Allen was not among the former Celtics players present when the team retired Pierce’s No. 34 jersey earlier this year, though he later shared a lengthy statement explaining why things are fine between him and Pierce. Allen’s relationship with Rondo, however, is a much different story, and we got a sense of that with some of the things written in Allen’s book and the way Rondo reacted to them.