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.
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) July 28, 2017
For his part, Pierce obliged to the tweet thusly:
That's wat happens when talk down on the Truth
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 28, 2017
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.
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.
captain jack goes innnnnn on carroll pic.twitter.com/fyvHVUaCZX
— William Lou (@william_lou) July 19, 2017
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.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2017
“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.
The Los Angeles Clippers have waived Paul Pierce, league sources say.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 28, 2017
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.
Omg get Nick Wright off of Undisputed now saying labron has passed Michael Jordan
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) May 26, 2017
Wright fired back with a shot at Pierce:
Man, these old Celtics stay salty that LeBron ended all of their careers prematurely in Game 6 in 2012. https://t.co/JNwIrwfFIl
— nick wright (@getnickwright) May 26, 2017
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.
And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out #1 pick
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) May 17, 2017
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.