A popular player comparison for Boston Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum is none other than C’s legend Paul Pierce, and The Truth himself believes it.
In an interview Thursday with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England, the retired 10-time All-Star discussed the similarities between Tatum and himself.
“He looks like an older version of me, when I started doing the step-back and stuff,” said Pierce of the Duke product. “When I’m watching him, he looks like a mature version of my game, like sixth, seventh, eighth year. He sees the defense. He knows what’s going to happen before it happens. He understands his position, footwork, his step-back [jumper] is there. His offensive repertoire seems complete. The sky is the limit for that kid.”
The 19-year-old Tatum, who went No. 3 overall to Boston in this year’s draft, has been lauded for his fundamental scoring skills and his overall offensive maturity, attributes that Pierce was known for during his 19-year career. The former Finals MVP was in favor of the team’s decision to trade down for the pick that they ultimately selected Tatum with, and it sounds like he’s rooting for the youngster to become his heir apparent as the next great Celtic forward.
Paul Pierce thinks it’s time for the 2008 Boston Celtics to let bygones be bygones.
Pierce was recently reunited with Ray Allen for a celebrity basketball game in China. He took the opportunity to call on Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett to reunite with the guard, who fell out with his former Celtics teammates over his decision to join their rivals in Miami in 2012.
Will this work? Who knows. Pierce will certainly have some pull over this group as a franchise icon and the most accomplished Celtic since Larry Bird. Rondo, though, has made it completely clear that Allen is persona non grata — and has implied that some of his teammates felt the same way.
Given how deep that antipathy seems to run, it’s unlikely that one Instagram post from Pierce will erase all that, though it’s a step in the right direction.
Even in retirement, Paul Pierce remains The Truth.
Marc J. Spears of ESPN reported on Friday that guard Brandon Jennings has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play overseas with the China Shanxi.
In the wake of the news, Jordan Heck of Sporting News recalled Jennings’ feud with Pierce last season, mentioning the 10-time All-Star in a tweet.
For his part, Pierce obliged to the tweet thusly:
If you recall, Jennings threw shade at Pierce after his final career game before walking back the remarks. In any case, it’s great to see that Pierce, one of the great trash-talkers of his generation, is still posterizing fools as a retiree.
Stephen Jackson is an excellent basketball commentator, and the sports media world is better with him in it. One of the reasons: Captain Jack simply tells it like it is. Whereas some analysts are wary of hurting others’ feelings, Jackson just shares what’s on his mind — unfiltered.
Wednesday on ESPN’s The Jump, Jackson trashed new Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll. Since arriving in Brooklyn, Carroll has had some less than favorable things to say about Toronto, his former team. Recently, he said there was a “lack of trust” among teammates that hindered their success. He’s also said he didn’t succeed with the Raptors because he’s “not a one-on-one player.”
These seem like thinly veiled shots at the Raptors’ stars, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and Jackson thought they were unnecessary.
“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking?” Jackson said. “If anyone passes you the ball you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner and shoot threes and be happy. You shouldn’t even have an input, you’re not good! … He’s not good enough to have an opinion. He’s not. Everybody has a voice in the NBA now.”
Jackson wasn’t the only one with that perspective. Paul Pierce shared Jackson’s point of view. Check out their takes below.
Their point is fair: Carroll is a nice rotation player, but why trash your former team on the way out — particularly when your former team was relatively successful? It just makes you look salty.
Paul Pierce is officially going to end his NBA career in the same place it began.
On Monday, the Boston Celtics announced that they have signed Pierce to a contract so he can retire with the team.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic,” Pierce said. “The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career any other way. I’m a Celtic for life.”
The Celtics are one of the most storied franchises in sports, and Pierce is second all-time in points scored for them with 24,021. He spent 15 seasons in Boston and stuck with the team threw some horrendous seasons before winning a championship alongside Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2008.
Pierce received an incredible ovation when he played his final game at the TD Garden last year, and he gave the current members of the Celtics team a gift afterword. It was only a matter of time before the C’s signed him to a ceremonial contract.
The Los Angeles Clippers are making major moves and shaping up their roster.
Not only did the Clippers trade Chris Paul on Wednesday, but they also waived Paul Pierce, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Pierce was a favorite of Doc Rivers in Boston and was brought over to the Clippers in 2015. He spent two seasons with the Los Angeles club.
Pierce had announced prior to last season that he would be retiring after the year, so it makes sense that the Clippers are now waiving him. They probably needed to do so in order to create roster space for all the players acquired from Houston in the CP3 trade.
LeBron James may have surpassed Michael Jordan on Thursday as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer, but Paul Pierce apparently feels that means very little in the grand scheme of things.
Pierce was watching “Undisputed” on FS1 Friday morning, and he was stunned to hear host Nick Wright talking about LeBron’s legacy being comparable to — or even surpassing — Jordan’s.
Wright fired back with a shot at Pierce:
Pierce, of course, had some epic battles with James years ago, most notably during the 2008 playoffs when the two scored more than 40 points each in Game 7 of a playoff series. While LeBron obviously has Pierce’s respect, it sounds like Pierce is a member of the group that believes King James will never move ahead of His Airness.
LeBron is four wins away from capturing his fourth NBA title, and he would be a few months younger than Jordan was when he got his fourth if the Cavaliers can knock off the Warriors again. Even LeBron had some interesting things to say when asked about moving past Jordan on the playoff scoring list, but he has to know he needs more rings to make a real case for being the best to ever play.
Paul Pierce has a recommendation for what the Boston Celtics should do with the pick that he helped them land.
In an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Wednesday, the 10-time All-Star expressed his belief that the Celtics should trade the No. 1 overall pick.
“You trade this pick, because he [Markelle Fultz] cannot help the Celtics get over the top,” said Pierce, per Chris Walder of theScore. “The window is now. You’re a 50-win team, the No. 1 seed. You have to build on this momentum.
“If you can acquire a Paul George, Jimmy Butler, or Gordon (Hayward) from Utah, you have to do it,” he continued. “You need these guys. You want to get over the top. Boston doesn’t praise winning the Eastern Conference. They’re going for a championship.”
On one hand, owner Wyc Grousbeck has implied that the Celtics will keep the pick, and there’s real value to be had in a young, cost-controlled talent like Fultz who can assimilate into the identity of the team instead of hijacking it like an established star might. But Pierce, who posted this fantastic tweet in reaction to Boston landing the top selection in Tuesday’s lottery, is also right that the Celtics need to strike while the iron is hot with this core. The result of their Eastern Conference Finals series against Cleveland could go a long way towards determining what Boston decides to do between now and the draft.
The Celtics were the big winners of Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, and one of the franchise’s greatest players had a great reaction to it.
On Monday, the Celtics defeated the Wizards to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The following day, Boston found out it would have the No. 1 overall pick in next month’s draft. While the outcome is largely based on luck, Paul Pierce took to Twitter to remind us he had something to do with it.
What makes the tweet so great?
Back in 2013, Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded from the Celtics to the Nets. Also as part of the deal, Boston obtained Brooklyn’s 2014 first-round pick, 2016 first-round pick, the option to swap 2017 first-round picks, and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
So, in a way, Pierce is correct. Not only did he give Celtics fans great memories over his 15 seasons as a member of the team, but also contributed to them having the opportunity to select a talented player or trade a very valuable pick. Pierce is the gift that keeps on giving, even after he has played his last NBA game.
Kevin Garnett had a 2008 Boston Celtics reunion of sorts on the set of his “Area 21” for TNT Monday night, and it was capped off with an interview with that team’s coach, Doc Rivers.
Of course, Doc didn’t come unprepared. He actually got in on the fun and playful vibe of the show by trolling his former player Paul Pierce with a funny retirement gift.
Take a look:
Yup, Doc really brought out the wheelchair for Paul.
That’s a reference to what happened to Pierce in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Lakers. Pierce hurt his knee midway through the third quarter and was in a wheelchair as he was carted through the tunnel for examination. That seemed to indicate the injury was serious, but Pierce returned to the court about a minute of play time later and re-entered the game shortly thereafter.
The wheelchair jokes never get old, and Pierce probably can have a laugh over them since he did get his championship ring then.