Paul Pierce’s Hall of Fame career came to an end Sunday after 19 illustrious seasons, and he was showered by congrats and well wishes from his fellow NBA players. Alas, Wizards guard Brandon Jennings was not one of them.
After Pierce’s Clippers were eliminated by the Utah Jazz to wrap up the 39-year-old’s final NBA season, Jennings appeared to take a shot at Pierce, saying that he didn’t deserve a farewell tour because he only won one championship.
Jennings was rightfully skewered for the dig and ultimately backtracked, offering a (somewhat revisionist) salute to Pierce instead.
While it’s quite similar to a jab Draymond Green took at Pierce during the regular season, to reduce the former Finals MVP’s career down to his lone title is silly. Pierce was a 10-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection, dropped over 26,000 career points (15th all-time), and was one of the most impactful and clutch wing players of the 21st century. Jennings is a fan of creating controversy, but nobody is buying his argument that Pierce isn’t worthy of all the respect he’s getting after his legendary basketball career.
Paul Pierce still has nothing but love for the Boston Celtics organization, and the team’s current players found a surprise waiting for them upon returning home from their road trip.
Pierce had signed jerseys sent along for each member of the Celtics after he played against Boston for the final time in what is his farewell season.
Despite finishing his career with Brooklyn, Washington, and Los Angeles, Pierce will always be remembered for his time with the Celtics. It’s where he played fifteen seasons and won his lone NBA title. He plans to retire as a member of the organization, plus he still does stuff like this.
Paul Pierce is not put off by Draymond Green’s trash talk.
Green and Pierce got into it during Thursday night’s Warriors-Clippers game, with Green taunting Pierce over not being good enough for a farewell tour.
Well, Pierce took to Twitter early Friday to let Green have it right back, with an obvious but still savage response.
Harsh, and about as good a comeback as you could come up with, although Green has absolutely heard it before. Plus, is it really that bad when Draymond has indirectly trolled himself with it in the past?
At the end of the day, Green’s Warriors got the last laugh. They used a 50-point third quarter to beat the Clippers for the 10th straight meeting.
Draymond Green has no chill. And Paul Pierce knows it.
Green wasted no time kicking off the trash talk during Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
After Blake Griffin went to the free throw line in the first minute of the game, Green offered some trash talk to Pierce, who was on the Clippers’ bench. Green joked with Pierce about not being good enough for a farewell tour:
Pierce, 39, is in his second season with the Clippers and closing out his career. He’s down to just 11.8 minutes per game in 13 appearances this season, so he’s not exactly getting the Kobe farewell treatment. And he’s certainly not getting it from Draymond.
Paul Pierce’s struggles with social media and the internet in general is not lost on NBA fans.
At 39, Pierce is an elder-statesman in the NBA, and it certainly shows when he tries to navigate Twitter or other apps. So when the Clippers forward was shown during TNT’s coverage of All-Star Weekend Saturday holding up two phones at the same time, it led to some hilarious captions.
Here’s a look at the best:
That last tweet is the best. And if you don’t understand why, read this.
The Boston Celtics will host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, giving the retiring Paul Pierce one final chance to play at TD Garden.
Pierce told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe that he’s expecting an emotional affair as he returns to the place where he made his name from 1998 to 2013.
“It’s going to be emotional, just knowing this is the last time I’m going to be in the Garden as a player,” Pierce said Friday. “So just stepping on the court and thinking about all the fans that kind of grew with me, all the people I had a chance to establish relationships with over the years. It’s going to be fun, but emotional.”
Pierce is expecting a low-key weekend in the city he knows so well and won a title in.
“I’ll probably hit a couple of restaurants, a few places I used to always go to after games, just kind of ride around the city,” Pierce said. “I’m going to bring my wife with me. We had a chance to spend a lot of time out there, too, so see some old friends, maybe go for a walk in a park.”
Pierce plans to retire as a Celtic when he calls it a day at season’s end. He is without a doubt a Celtics legend, ranking third in team history in games played and second in total points scored. Expect him to receive a very warm reception on Sunday.
Chris Paul had a little fun with Paul Pierce after the veteran wasn’t able to convert a dunk attempt.
During Tuesday’s game between the Nets and Clippers, Paul led a fast break with Pierce trailing. Paul found Pierce with a behind-the-back pass and the veteran forward went up for a dunk to finish the play. However, Pierce was fouled by Randy Foye and missed the dunk. Pierce ended up on the floor on his back. That’s when Paul pretended to give his teammate CPR, to the delight of the broadcast team.
If Pierce doesn’t get the nudge to the back, he very well could have converted the dunk. Since he didn’t, we have this moment to re-watch and enjoy. So, thank you Randy Foye. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible
The Truth will be going out on his own terms.
10-time All-Star Paul Pierce told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Wednesday that he plans to sign a one-day deal to retire as a Boston Celtic after the season, per Chris Forsberg of ESPN.
The 39-year-old Pierce will play out the 2016-17 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers but has already announced his intention to retire after the season. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, who also coached Pierce in Boston, recently said that the team does indeed have a plan in place to allow the 18-year veteran to retire as a Celtic, and it’s only fitting.
Pierce was drafted by the Celtics in 1998 and played there for 15 seasons, earning Finals MVP honors during the team’s 2008 championship run. He is the Celtics’ second all-time leading scorer and was the undisputed face of Boston basketball for the better part of the 2000s.
After an offseason where we witnessed Kobe Bryant retire with the Los Angeles Lakers, Tim Duncan retire with the San Antonio Spurs, and Pierce’s former teammate Kevin Garnett retire with the Minnesota Timberwolves, this sort of exit just feels right for Pierce.
Paul Pierce has announced that the 2016-2017 season will be his last in the NBA.
In a piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune on Monday, Pierce said he has decided to chase one last championship with the Los Angeles Clippers.
“It’s time to move on from the game of basketball,” he wrote. “Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.
“With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.”
Pierce played sparingly last season, averaging just 6.1 points while playing 18.1 minutes per game — both career-lows by a wide margin. He’ll turn 39 in October, and he is obviously fine with being more of a role player under Doc Rivers.
“After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time,” Pierce continued. “So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”
Rivers has already said that Pierce will technically not be retiring as a member of the Clippers, so it remains to be seen how all that will be handled. Pierce’s next stop will be the Hall of Fame after he hangs it up.
Paul Pierce has yet to make an official decision on whether he will play one more season. If he does retire, the Los Angeles Clippers will let him join the Boston Celtics first.
In an appearance on “The Vertical Podcast with Woj” this week, Clippers head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers said there is already a plan in place that will allow Pierce to retire as a Celtic.
“If Paul decides to retire then we’re going to make sure that Boston picks him up for one day and he retires a Celtic because that’s what he should retire as,” Rivers said, as transcribed by Jay King of MassLive.com. “So we have all that in place. We just don’t know what he’s going to do.”
Rivers said the Clippers want to give Pierce some space as he mulls his decision. If he does retire, Rivers said this summer could be classified as “the greatest retirement summer in NBA history” with Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan already having called it a career. Kevin Garnett is also undecided.
The most recent reports have claimed Pierce plans to return for his 19th season. After what he said about Kevin Durant, we’d hate to see the Clippers play the Golden State Warriors without him.