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.
Paul Pierce has been contemplating retirement from the NBA, but it sounds like he may be putting that off for another season.
According to the LA Times’ Brad Turner, Pierce is planning to return to the Clippers next season.
Turner later amended his report and said the final decision will come in a few weeks.
Pierce turns 39 in October and this would be his 19th NBA season. Pierce signed a 3-year deal prior to last season and jumped from the Washington Wizards to the Clippers to play under his former coach with the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers. He is set to make $3.5 million in 2016-17.
Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and an assist in 18.2 minutes per game last season. He better be coming back because after what he said about Kevin Durant, he needs to face the Warriors on the court.
Paul Pierce is reportedly not done yet.
The Clippers’ swingman will reportedly return for another season, according to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.
Expect Pierce to play a bit part role with limited minutes, just as he did last season. The 38-year-old played just over 18 minutes per game in 2015-16, contributing 6.1 points per game to the Clippers’ cause.
Pierce had said he was torn on returning for another year despite having two more seasons to go on his $10.5 million contract. Perhaps the finances played a role in his decision to return, or perhaps he wants to be around to let Kevin Durant hear it on the court straight from his mouth.
Kevin Durant knew fans were going to blast him for taking the easy way out when he signed with the Golden State Warriors, but how do his fellow players feel about it? Some are probably happy for Durant while others share Paul Pierce’s opinion.
Shortly after Durant announced his decision, Pierce sent this not-so-subtle tweet:
If anyone has earned the right to make a comment like that, it’s Pierce. The veteran small forward stuck it out for years with some truly horrible Boston Celtics teams before he was rewarded with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen as teammates in 2007. Pierce took advantage of the opportunity, bringing a championship to Boston that season.
Perhaps Pierce saw this old tweet that Durant sent and felt inclined to throw some shade his way. Pierce wasn’t the first to criticize Durant and he certainly won’t be the last.
Paul Pierce still has not decided if he wants to return for his 19th NBA season.
The Clippers forward is reportedly still considering his future, but will apparently be making up his mind within the next few weeks.
Pierce has two years left on his contract he signed last summer. The 38-year-old averaged 6.1 points per game in what was largely a reserve role last season for Los Angeles.
Pierce said immediately after the Clippers’ elimination that he was 50-50 on returning. We’ll find out soon enough which direction he’s gone.
Paul Pierce has two years left on the contract he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers last summer, but he admitted Friday that retirement is playing on his mind.
After the Clippers were eliminated Friday night, Pierce spoke about contemplating retirement, and said that he was going to think long and hard about his future.
“Each and every year for the last couple of years, I’ve thought long and hard about walking way from the game,” Pierce told reporters in a video posted to CSNNW.com. “The process will continue this summer, as I think long and hard, as I step closer to getting older in age, seeing how my body feels, talk to my family. I don’t want to make an emotional decision right now, so I’ll just take some time off, sit down with my family, and really think about it, think long and hard.
“It’s just gotta hit you one day. You know, you just never know, man. You just don’t know, you know what I mean? Right now it’s 50-50. I’ll see how I feel when I wake up, if I feel like getting ready for next season. If I don’t feel that feeling, that fire’s not there, it’s going to be tough.”
Pierce will be 39 in October. He said before the season that he’d retire if the Clippers won it all, but with his age and the toll that basketball has taken on his body, it’s probably not a huge surprise that he’s at least going to give some serious thought to calling it a career.
Now 38, Paul Pierce knows that he simply won’t be able to play the minutes he did when in his prime. He’s comfortable with that, and he understands that the ultimate goal is realistically for him to be healthy and ready to go when playoff time comes. However, Pierce is not sure about a certain other NBA veteran who may also find his role downsized this season.
“That will be tough on some guys in L.A. to take on that role – cough, Kobe, cough,” Pierce said in an appearance on the Fred Roggin Show on Los Angeles’s Beast 980. “I mean, you know, but um, we get older.”
Pierce is making a joke here, but he’s also raising an entirely reasonable question. Bryant is 37 now with a growing injury history, and realistically, the Lakers would be wise to protect their superstar wherever possible. Bryant, however, will definitely want the ball in his hands as much as he can. He’ll be surrounded by a team with a lot of promising young players, and it’s an open question as to how the accomplished superstar in the twilight of his career will cope with the growing pains of the young core around him.
H/T Pro Basketball Talk