Fans in Toronto are said to be extraordinarily polite, but that was not the case for their dealings with Paul Pierce.
Raptors fans in attendance at Scotiabank Arena for Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday in Toronto chanted “Paul Pierce sucks” after seeing the ESPN analyst. Pierce played right back at them with a hand to the ear:
The Pierce sucks chants have become a thing throughout the NBA, especially after his comments about Dwyane Wade.
Of course, Toronto fans may just be ticked off at Pierce for putting the kiss of death on them by picking them to win the series. We all know how bad his predictions have been.
Paul Pierce got into a confrontation with security staffers at a UFC event last year, and the former NBA star is facing a lawsuit because of it.
According to a report from TMZ, Christopher Mostello was working security at the T-Mobile Arena during UFC 229 — headlined by Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov — when a supervisor called him to respond to an incident involving Pierce. Mostello says Pierce had gotten physical with a female supervisor because she asked to see his ticket when he returned to his seat. Mostello accused Pierce of grabbing the woman’s arms and shoving her aside, and he supposedly screamed “f— you!” at Costello and called him a racist when Costello came over to help.
The incident was documented by TMZ last October, and a video taken by a fan sitting nearby shows Pierce being escorted out and calling Costello a racist more than once. Mostello says his reputation has been negatively impacted as a result of the incident, and he is suing Pierce for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit demands more than $15,000 in damages plus other costs.
Pierce has been in the news a lot lately, most notably for his hilariously inaccurate prediction for the Celtics-Bucks series. Apparently making NBA predictions isn’t the only thing the Boston legend is having issues with.
Paul Pierce has made some more comments that are sure to get the attention of the masses.
During ESPN’s pregame coverage before Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night, Pierce said he thought the Portland Trail Blazers could win if Kevin Durant misses games in the series due to his calf injury. In his explanation for his pick, Pierce said the Blazers’ guards are as good as the Warriors’.
“I do (think Portland can win),” Pierce said. “I think it’s closer than you think. For one, I think that the backcourts are a wash. Damian Lillard was a first-team All-NBA player a year ago. That will be Steph (Curry) this year. So these guys are neck-and-neck when we talk about talent and scoring. CJ McCollum is playing like an All-Star. Klay Thompson is an All-Star. So they’re not far off from each other. The difference is the role players.”
Pierce’s support of Portland’s guards is nice, but we can’t agree. Curry is an MVP and the greatest shooter in NBA history. There is a big difference between being second or even first-team All-NBA and being a league MVP. The difference between those two levels is similar to the difference between being a first or second-team All-NBA pick and just missing the cut. Similarly, Klay is so accomplished and has proven how good he is numerous times. McCollum is a very good player and proved his value in Game 7 of the conference semis, but he’s still a step below Thompson.
The best way for them to prove Pierce’s comments to be true is to play amazingly in the series and beat the Warriors. Then we may start to think differently. Until then, Pierce may get laughed out of the building the way he was on his last comments.
Paul Pierce’s Boston Celtics homerism seemed to shine through on Sunday.
The former Celtics legend said on ABC/ESPN after the Celtics beat up the Milwaukee Bucks on the road in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series 112-90 that the series was over.
“Giannis (Antetokounmpo) definitely has to play better. As a team, I don’t know where Milwaukee goes from here,” Pierce said.
Host Michelle Beadle asked whether that meant he thought the series was over.
“I think it’s over. I think styles make fights in boxing, and matchups … when I watched this today … if Giannis doesn’t have a monster game and somebody else besides him does not step up, Boston’s going to out-talent them,” Pierce said.
While that may be oversimplifying things, the Bucks can look at the shooting percentages for comfort.
Milwaukee shot just 34.8 percent from the field, while Boston shot 54 percent. Boston may have the upper hand in the series at the moment, but don’t expect the shooting percentages to continue to have that kind of a disparity.
The cast of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” has a segment throughout the season where they place friendly wagers on things that might happen during games, and Jalen Rose was crowned the “Friendly Wagers” champion for the 2018-19 season. However, he may have to deal with a bit of delay with receiving his trophy.
On Saturday night, Paul Pierce dropped Rose’s hardware on the floor while presenting it to him. The trophy broke, and it looked like Pierce may have intentionally fumbled it.
Pierce apologized and said he felt terrible, but you could hear Rose jokingly saying he did it on purpose. The emojis the Boston Celtics legend included in his tweet about it were also suspect.
Hey, we know Pierce is a competitive guy who hates the idea of someone else being better than him at something, so perhaps he just couldn’t bring himself to hand over that trophy.
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.
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.
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.
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.