Paul Pierce is thinking about retiring from the NBA after an 18 year career where he dominated his opponent in nearly every part of the game.
Paul Pierce has been one of the best wing players in NBA history. I have no trouble calling him the best wing defender of my lifetime. Players he has been assigned to guard in his playoff career include LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. He had a fierce competitiveness that allowed him to compete at the highest level in late game situations as he’s hit many buzzer beaters. He carried the load early in his career as he led a not very talented Boston Celtics team to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. However, we might have seen the end of Paul Pierce last season as he’s seriously considering retirement.
Pierce’s current coach Doc Rivers recently spoke on the possibility of Pierce’s retirement saying, “I think Paul’s going back and forth on it, and I want to give him room. I think he deserves it. From a team perspective, you would love that he made his decision eight weeks ago. I think there are certain guys that you just have to give time to, and Paul’s one of them.” Doc Rivers was also Pierce’s coach when the Celtics won the 2008 Finals.
If Pierce leaves it will be a sad day for the NBA. He brings every part of his game when he steps on the court. He can beat you off the dribble or pull up for three in your face as he’s 4th all time in three pointers made. He’ll fight you in the paint for a rebound and then put it back up for an and 1. He’ll also lock you down defensively and make sure you never watch the ball go through the net. Shaq gave him the nickname “The Truth” after Pierce put up 42 points against the Lakers in 2001. Shaq grabbed a reporter after the game and told him, “My name is Shaquille O’Neal and Paul Pierce is the motherfucking truth. Quote me on that and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is The Truth.” Let’s hope we get to see another season from Pierce, but if not we’ll say our goodbyes to one of the greatest careers in NBA history.