September 26, 2016, 6:34 am
Paul Pierce announced today that the 2016-17 season would be his last.
In a Players’ Tribune piece penned by the man himself, Pierce states “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. 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.”
A surefire Hall of Famer, Pierce will give it one last crack in hopes of another championship with his hometown Clippers.
The 38 year old will be suiting up for his 19th season. The first 15 came with the Boston Celtics while the last three were spent in Brooklyn, Washington and Los Angeles. While many expected Pierce to fall off the map a handful of years ago, he’s transitioned into a successful role player and has adjusted nicely to being a complementary piece late in his career. It’s a testament to his spirit, as few players have the capacity to age so gracefully.
The seven-time All Star sits third among active players in games played while ranking 16th all-time in scoring.
A career 20-per game player, The Truth will best be remembered for a number of clutch shots. He came to play in big moments and never shrunk in crunch time. While his presence on the court left opposing fans with a sense of impending doom, the league will be a little less fun without Pierce a year from now.