LeBron James says Paul Pierce’s next stop is NBA Hall of Fame
Yesterday afternoon, the Los Angeles Clippers were eliminated from this season’s NBA Playoffs by way of a Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz (104-91). As a result, some members of the Clippers organization are already preparing for the offseason. However, one member of the team won’t be returning.
Paul Pierce, a 19-year NBA veteran, Larry O’Brien trophy winner (2008), 10-time All-Star selection, and long-time Cavaliers foe has decided to retire.
Most NBA fans will remember the epic Eastern Conference battles between the Cavaliers and the Pierce-led Boston Celtics throughout the years — LeBron James certainly hasn’t forgot. Despite being rivals for the minority of their respective careers, The King knows that Pierce is destined for the NBA Hall of Fame.
LeBron James said Paul Pierce "pushed me in the Eastern Conference for quite a while. … Obviously, his next stop is the Hall of Fame."
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) May 1, 2017
Pierce, now 39 years of age, holds career averages of 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 34.2 minutes per game. He is also ranked 15th on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list with 26,397 career points. There are some who dislike his game, but there is no denying the greatness of a man who has made it to 14 NBA postseasons. “The Truth,” as Pierce is known, tells Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times that he really enjoyed his time with the Clippers.
“I really enjoyed myself with this group this year,” Pierce said after Sunday’s loss. “Regardless of what happened today with the basketball, I’m happy… What I’ve been able to accomplish, what I’ve been able to do with my career, I gave every ounce I could. I have no regrets.”
Pierce, who said it was “the right time,” seems to be at peace with his decision to walk away from the game he loves.
“You know it’s going to end one day,” Pierce said. “I just felt like this is the right time. My body and mind, having that still intact. My kids and family. In some capacity, I will be a part of the game — maybe front office, TV. I still love this game, talking about it and being around it.”
There is no doubt about it, Pierce is respected on all levels of basketball. His name will always be synonymous with grit, determination, hard work, and champion. One day, Pierce will look back on his career and realize the impact he had on others. The following video is a tribute to his great career, narrated by those who were closest to The Truth.