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.
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.
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.
Pierce’s claim was met with much derision online.
NBA player Jared Dudley laughed and suggested Pierce was on drugs.
Wade says Dudley’s response was in line with his thinking.
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:
However, you can always pick your stats to make the argument you want. There are other stats that make Pierce’s argument much better.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even as an analyst, Paul Pierce still continues to troll the Toronto Raptors.
During a halftime segment Wednesday on ESPN, the retired 10-time All-Star smiled and snickered at co-host Chauncey Billups’ suggestion that Raptors guard Kyle Lowry would come up big in the playoffs. Take a look at the clip:
Pierce has some history with Lowry and the Raptors, of course. He eliminated them from the playoffs in two consecutive years, first in 2014 as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and then in 2015 with the Washington Wizards. There was definitely a bit of trash-talking and general bad blood coming from both sides as well, and it seems some of that still remains in the Year of our Lord 2018.
Video via NBA Reddit
The Cleveland Cavaliers should be considered the favorite to win the Eastern Conference as long as they have LeBron James, but Paul Pierce believes there is a legitimate chance they may not advance beyond the first round of the postseason.
If the playoffs began today, the No. 3 seed Cavs would host the No. 6 seed Philadelphia 76ers. With Cleveland trailing the Toronto Raptors 79-64 at halftime on Wednesday night, Pierce and Chauncey Billups debated over how tough of an opponent the Sixers would be for the Cavs. The discussion begins at around the 1:30 mark.
“They’re young. They’re hungry,” Pierce said. “It’s not a given Cleveland can get out of the first round if they play Philly.”
The Cavs have been inconsistent this season, but it’s a stretch to say the 76ers are ready to get the best of LeBron in a seven-game series. That would require winning at least one playoff game in Cleveland, which is no easy task.
Of course, many have pointed out that Pierce had his own rivalry with James that dates back a number of years, and this isn’t the first time the Boston Celtics legend has tried to downplay LeBron’s accomplishments. Perhaps there is some bias at play.
Paul Pierce thinks he knows who the next retired number of the Boston Celtics will belong to.
Pierce said that Kevin Garnett will “without a doubt” see his No. 5 raised to the rafters now that Pierce has had the honor.
“Without a doubt, KG’s number will be [the next one] retired in Boston,” Pierce said, via Chris Forsberg of ESPN. “It’s going to happen.”
Celtics president Danny Ainge seemed to concur, noting that the team has had informal discussions about retiring Garnett’s number. While the decision ultimately lies with ownership, Ainge argued against those who believe Garnett didn’t spend enough time in Boston to earn the honor.
“It was six years of potential championship-caliber teams and All-Star play from KG,” Ainge said. “I think that it was a pretty significant impact he had in those six years.”
It sounds like there’s a way to go on this decision, but it may happen. That said, it’s safe to say that if it does, that’s where the jersey retirements from that team would end given what has gone down with that team since.
Ray Allen posted a lengthy message on social media Tuesday addressing his time with the Celtics and relationship with Paul Pierce.
On Sunday, Pierce had his No. 34 jersey retired by the Celtics. Among those at TD Garden for the festivities were former teammates Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and Antoine Walker. Doc Rivers was also there. Ray Allen was not, and that became a topic of discussion.
Allen spent part of his Sunday golfing with George Lopez across the country from Boston in Los Angeles. On Monday, Pierce did not appear to be disappointed with Allen’s absence.
On Tuesday, Allen posted a photo of himself and Pierce to his Instagram account. He also included a lengthy caption addressing his time with the Celtics and feelings toward Pierce.
What we did in 2008 was special! Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would’ve never been able to do the unthinkable. Going from last place in one year to winning a championship is unfathomable. But, we did it! WE did it- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins, Scott Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine, Doc, Danny, everyone at the Celtics Organization, our wives, children, families, the Fans in The City of Boston and yes, me. Over the last few years I have been berated, lambasted and had my name smeared. You may not want to hear this, but I will always be a Celtic. (Fact). I will always cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the people in the city of Boston. (Truth). We all gave everything we had. We all won and we all raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner together. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back. Paul and I have spoken about our time together as teammates- going to battle night after night knowing we could count on one another and we have also talked about my decision to leave during free agency- a choice I made for my family. Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls. To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth
The source of animosity between Allen and his former Celtics teammates stemmed from his decision to leave them to join the Miami Heat. Rondo appears to still hold a grudge.
Garnett extended an olive branch to Allen, leaving it up to Allen to respond. He probably should respond more directly.