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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.