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Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
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Born: 10/13/77
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Earnings: $200,708,312 ($244,878,140*)
Even though Jarrett Allen remembers when they added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, he knows this is a far bigger deal. “So I told everybody this is crazy. All the stuff we’ve been hearing, it’s literally a new Brooklyn,” Allen said. “What happened [before] didn’t change. … I know we had the whole [Kevin Garnett] thing — that’s one of my favorite players — but this is a whole other level of what’s going to happen, or could happen. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be interesting. That’s all I can say.”
Paul Pierce, who was in Boston promoting his new line of CBD products, says the perception of Boston is not the reality. “I don’t think a lot of this stuff has to do with the city,” Pierce told MassLive. “I think it has a lot to do with what direction you’re going to, the point of your career you’re at as a player. So I don’t really buy into those things because every player that I know that’s played for the Boston Celtics, 99 percent of them say ‘I didn’t know Boston was like this, this is one of the best franchises’ and they really liked playing for the city of Boston.”
Multiple sources also tell SportsbyBrooks.com that NBA Countdown analysts Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce will not return to the show next season as full-time analysts but that Jalen Rose will remain on Countdown in his current capacity. SportsbyBrooks.com has also learned from multiple sources that ESPN on-air talents Maria Taylor and Rachel Nichols are under consideration to take over as host of Countdown.
Andrew Marchand: Here you go: 1. @SportsbyBrooks reported that Michelle Beadle, Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups are out on ESPN’s NBA Countdown. 2. ESPN’s response:

Critics say the intended benefits of these products are still unclear and unproven. But Lamar Odom says it saved his life. And Pierce says it helped him move past other addictions. “Just being an athlete, you get addicted to pain medications,” Pierce says. “In my case, I was dealing with severe neck pain, because back in the early 2000s I was stabbed severely. I dealt with a lot of chronic pain in my neck and back. I was trying to find alternate remedies for this. And it got to the point where I was addicted to pain killers or NyQuil just to fall asleep, until I came across what CBD did for me.”
Rachel Nichols will host “The Jump” at 8 p.m., which will serve as a half-hour pregame show and will feature an interview with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The lottery itself will start at 8:30, and the order should start being announced around 10 minutes into that program. There also will be an “NBA Countdown” show at 7 p.m. with host Michelle Beadle and analysts Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups.
Storyline: Draft Lottery
If Paul Pierce is indeed The Truth, then what he had to say in the lead-up to Game 4 should strike a nerve with the Celtics. The franchise legend was unsparing in his assessment of the club’s performance — and effort — the last two games and in what needs to happen now for them to pull even with Milwaukee and advance from this conference semifinal series. If he’s on the mark here in this conversation with the Herald, it might be more accurate for the duration of this column to refer to him as The Hard Truth. “They don’t need a different game plan. They’ve just got to play harder,” Pierce said, taking aim at those in sneakers rather than suits. “The amazing thing to me is they didn’t play like they needed the game. When I watch the Portland games and the other games, you’re seeing guys diving on the floor. I don’t see none of that from the Celtics.”
When it was mentioned that noted floor burn collector Marcus Smart could well be returning to the rotation tonight, Pierce jumped in. “They need that injection from him, because he can inspire them,” he said. “He’s a leader for them, and they need him, like, bad. He can’t do nothing with Giannis, but just him out there and his energy would be big. He’s a winning basketball player. That’s one guy you don’t have to worry about.”
Pierce had now famously declared the series over after the Celtics won by 22 in the opener on the Bucks’ floor. But things changed dramatically over the next two games. “Sometimes you win that first game on the road and you’re like, ‘OK, we stole one. Let’s see if we can steal another one.’ But they got complacent,” he said. “It was like, ‘All right, we’re going to go home after Game 2 and we’ll figure it out at home.’ But then they still played complacent basketball at home, which was disturbing.”
Chris Paul, a nine-time All-Star in his 14th season, says Nene is a player he’s learned from during their time together in Houston. “It says a lot about Nene that he has played this long,” Paul, 33, told The Undefeated. “And I have had the opportunity to play with a lot of great vets. I played with Paul Pierce in his last year in the NBA. I played with Grant Hill his last year in the NBA. I also had an opportunity to play with ‘Chaunce’ [Chauncey Billups]. “Some things go unsaid at times. But as a teammate, you pay attention. You see it with your eyes. So, with ‘Ne,’ it’s his work [ethic]. He didn’t play in our first two playoff games, but he was in the gym, in the weight room and taking care of his body. As a young player, you may not take notice or pay attention to it. But for someone like me who wants that longevity and wants to continue to play, I have the utmost respect for him.”
Former Net Paul Pierce believes Brooklyn could build on that young core during free agency this summer. “I think every team has their own path, and there’s not one blueprint that’s the right way,” Pierce said. “I believe when you’re trying to build a championship contender you look at how Philly’s done it, and you look at how Golden State has done it through the draft. There’s no right way. You’ve got to have a great infrastructure for one. You can’t overspend on guys who are not really franchise players. Based on what Brooklyn’s been able to do, based on them not having the draft picks and being able to put together a team nobody expected them to be in this place. They’re in a good place, and I look at them as a free agent destination being that they have low costs (money against the salary cap), they’ve been able to develop Russell into an All-Star, Dinwiddie is coming into his own, and they have very serviceable players, and that can be a great free agent destination in their future.”
There is nothing like sparking some debate for Pierce. During his tenure as an NBA analyst for ABC/ESPN, he has been completely honest about his assessment of the league and current players. He gives his side and has no concern about the reaction. “You know I don’t care about stuff,” Pierce said. “I don’t know how this happened. You know me, you know that stuff don’t bother me. As a player I was the same way, that’s what made me who I am. People can say what they want to say but I’ve always been a villain in this league. I’ve always been booed on the road. “It’s nothing new. It doesn’t bother me one bit.”
The progress made under general manager Sean Marks and coach Kenny Atkinson in just three seasons is a remarkable story that has turned heads across the league. Players understand they took over a complete disaster in the wake of the 2013 trade that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, who mortgaged their future. The 2019 draft will mark the first time in four drafts that Marks will be able to exercise the Nets’ true first-round pick. “You could see the growth over years from 20 wins to 28 to 39-plus,” Davis said. “That’s the trend you want to see if you’re a free agent. It shows the guys at the top [of the organization] know what they’re doing. Everybody knows what this franchise went through with that trade that was arguably the worst trade in NBA history. The culture and us [contending for] the playoffs definitely help out a lot.”
Given a second shot to address the topic in ESPN’s studio early Saturday morning, Paul Pierce stood by his assertion that he had a better career than Dwyane Wade, emphasizing a point he made on ESPN’s NBA studio show earlier in the evening. “When I’m 24, 25, give me Shaq, LeBron [James], [Chris] Bosh, I would be sitting on four or five NBA championships, easy [instead of one],” Pierce said.
Storyline: Pierce-Wade Beef
“If I had K.G. [Kevin Garnett] and Ray [Allen], if we played together back in 2003 and ‘04, it would be a no-brainer. You have to be lucky to be blessed with other great players…. Wade didn’t win without LeBron, Bosh, Shaq [O’Neal]. You can’t do it by yourself. “People only remember my Big Three era [with Garnett and Allen in Boston]. People forget early 2000s, my matchups with the Nets, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, 45 in the closeout game. [Playoff game against] Indiana, 28 in the second half. I had a lot of stuff people didn’t get a chance to see before Twitter or Instagram. Go to Youtube, see early 2000 Paul Pierce.”
Irina Pavlova, former President of Onexim Sports and Entertainment: Brook was out. Kevin (Garnett) couldn’t play big minutes. Mason (Plumlee) had to step up big time in his rookie year. I was talking to Jason (Kidd) before a game once and he said, “We need another big” and then asked what I thought of Jason Collins. I said, “I don’t know … You tell me! Is he good? Can he help us? Is he a good guy?” Kidd said, “Yes, I think he can. And yes, he’s a really good guy.” I asked, “Do you think it’ll be an issue with the locker room?” Kidd said, “If we had a bunch of really young guys, I’d be worried, but I know with KG and Paul (Pierce) here, it’ll be OK and they won’t let anyone get out of line.”
Paul Pierce: “It’s my understanding this was in the works for the last few days. I got a call from Harrison’s agent Jeff Schwartz. They knew something was in the works with Sacramento. And according to my sources, Harrison Barnes wanted to play. It just so happened that during the game, the trade got agreed upon. And so once everybody found out about the trade, they pulled him out. Even though he knew something was in the works, he wanted to play just in case nothing happened.”
Paul Pierce tells TMZ Sports he had to pack his things and leave his Calabasas home behind … saying the California wildfires were getting too close for comfort. The retired NBA superstar was leaving Mastro’s in Beverly Hills on Saturday night … when he told us he had spent the day evacuating due to the massive wildfires that have forced more than 250,000 people to leave their homes behind. At least 177 homes have been destroyed in SoCal by the fires … and a ton of celebs and athletes have been affected — including Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and Gerard Butler, who all lost their Malibu homes.
Paul Pierce is glad Villanova is refusing to visit Trump’s White House to celebrate their NCAA basketball title … saying the tradition is dumb and overrated. Nova’s coach Jay Wright, announced Thursday the team would not visit 1600 Pennsylvania this year — as NCAA winning teams have traditionally done for years. In fact, Villanova visited Obama’s White House after winning the title 2016 — but Wright explained, “Two years ago it was the experience of a lifetime for all of us. It’s just a different time.”
Darius Miles: I’ll never forget, Paul Pierce came up to me after our second year in the league. Now, Paul is a real dude. He’s from Inglewood. He was like, “Man, lemme tell you something. I don’t got nobody’s jersey in the league. I don’t get down like that. But I got your jersey. I like you guys.” That was the ultimate respect, for us. We got put on the worst team in the league, with the weirdest owner in the world, practicing in a damn JUCO in South Central. But if you were anybody in Los Angeles back then, you want to rock the red, white and blue.
Beal and Rivers were often compared because of their similarities, but they saw their differences and dwelled on them. At the time, Beal viewed Rivers the way many opponents did and still do to this day. “All of us, the AAU kids, we always hated Austin because we felt like he had an unfair advantage,” Beal explained. “Your dad, [Doc Rivers], was an NBA coach, you’ve been able to work out with Paul Pierce and [Kevin Garnett] and Ray Allen and all that. We felt like you had the upperhand. He had the NBA socks when we were playing. We were thinking about all of this stuff. You had access to all this stuff and we didn’t. We were kind of envious of it. His game was like super far advanced from everybody else; his handle, his floater, everything. In a way, we were like ‘man, this dude.’ We were kind of jealous of him for a little bit.”
Parker, who left the Bucks during free agency in July to sign a two-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, began the summer by working out with Ray Allen in New York. Allen, who starred for the Bucks from 1996-2003, was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen, one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, spent four days working with Parker and, as one might assume, offered up shooting tips to Parker. Allen came away suitably impressed with the 23-year-old Parker. “He’s a very good, humble, down-to-earth guy,’’ Allen said of Parker. “As a player, he reminds me of Paul (Pierce) but bigger. His potential is so great.’’

With the same poise he displayed throughout his NBA career, Ray Allen closed Friday night’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony with an eloquent speech in which he reveled in the accomplishments of his two championship teams and only praised key members of the Boston Celtics’ 2008 title squad. In a week during which Allen’s fractured relationship with some from that 2008 Celtics team, including Rajon Rondo, hovered over his induction, Allen stayed above the fray. He suggested that former teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will soon join him in Springfield, and praised Danny Ainge for assembling that Big Three.
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Speaking at SiriusXM NBA Radio, Parish, who helped the Celtics win three rings in the 80s, said that Allen and his former teammates should get past all the drama for what they achieved as teammates was a great accomplishment. “Those guys went to war together, battled together,” Parish said. “They won that very elusive championship with how difficult that was in itself. And now they’re going to let a little fighting come between a special team. They were able to achieve excellence. And now they’re going to let a little fighting just destroy all that. I think that is very immature and petty.”
It’s common knowledge that the relationship deteriorated with your old championship Celtics teammates after you left to join Miami in 2012. Where does that stand today? Ray Allen: I talked to Paul a year ago today, and we patched it out. So much was made about my decision, and they were upset with me because I left for Miami. But it will never change what went on between us in 2008. Any communication with KG, Rondo, Glen Davis? Ray Allen: Nope.
“I was stabbed 11 times,” Pierce tells ESPN. “I felt like I was trapped in a box. I couldn’t go nowhere. “I battled depression for a year. The only thing that saved me was basketball.” Long after he was released from the hospital, Pierce remained nervous, jittery, anxious. He couldn’t sleep. The Celtics urged him to seek counseling, but he waved them off. “I thought, ‘I can do this myself,'” Pierce recalls. “I didn’t want anybody else in my business.”
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In retrospect, Pierce says, he wishes he had listened to the Celtics and talked with a mental health expert. His decision to deal with his post-traumatic stress on his own heightened his depression and isolated him from friends, family and teammates. “I should have opened up earlier than I did,” Pierce admits. “It was eating me alive. Once I finally started talking to a family member, it helped me. “I realized, ‘I should have done this sooner.’ I would tell everyone to get the help they need. My depression was bad — really bad. I never want to feel that way again.”
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What are your expectations for the Celtics heading into next season, based on how the offseason went? Pierce: Obviously, based on what they’ve been able to do over the last couple of years and being a year smarter, a year older, a year more experienced, I think it’s time for them to take the next step. It’s about being good, but also about being lucky. I think if they stay healthy, I see them being in the Finals, especially with LeBron being in the Western Conference.
After former teammate Paul Pierce hit a game-winning shot against the Knicks, Robinson kept trying to jump on Pierce’s back in celebration. But Pierce was having none of it, upending Robinson. “That was the day I died and came back to life,” Robinson joked. “I literally almost broke my neck. I was trying to get the piggyback ride from Paul, but he kept running. That was a pretty cool picture though.”
Later in August, the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick (No. 8 overall), Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2020 second-round pick to acquire Irving from the Cavaliers. What goes through the mind of a former Nets decision-maker now watching Irving, Brown and Tatum all on the Celtics? “It doesn’t bother me one bit since the trade happened in 2013 and Brown was picked in 2016 and Tatum in 2017,” ex-Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks told The Athletic. “It is not like the Philly trade with Boston when Tatum was already identified as a top prospect and 76ers gave up a lottery pick in 2019 to pass on him and picked Markelle Fultz. I will say that the role of Brad Stevens has helped magnify this trade even more by the development that him and his staff have done with both players. Remember that Stevens wasn’t even hired when the trade was made in 2013.”
Back on July 12, 2013, King told reporters it was a good day for the organization. Quietly, other Nets management staffers were concerned about the age of Pierce and Garnett, future luxury tax implications, and whether the Nets were truly good enough to compete for a title that season. Ownership was overjoyed. “Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets,” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement at the time. “With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a great balance on our roster between veteran stars and young talents. This team will be dazzling to watch, and tough to compete against.”
Tatum’s gone from 13.9 to 18.4 points a game in the postseason and has been averaging 20.5 since Game 6 in Milwaukee. Pierce averaged 16.5 points as a rookie, but he didn’t get to participate in the playoffs until his fourth season. “He’s already off to such a great start,” said Pierce. “He’s mature beyond his years. He doesn’t look rattled by the moment. Sometimes you see rookies have problems when they get to this point. I saw Ben Simmons against the Celtics, and it looked like moment was too big for him. He was wide-eyed out there. He looked confused. I don’t see that in Jayson Tatum. And if he didn’t have a team full of guys who are really good players and with two All-Stars, he could easily have won Rookie of the Year. I think he’s just starting to see his potential. He’s just 20 years old and he has a long way to go, but he’s just scratching the surface of how great he can really be.”
Paul Pierce was on the phone talking about his 2010 Celtics and the second-round series against Cleveland. He seemed to take particular joy in the video of LeBron James walking off the court in the Garden and removing his jersey on the way to the dressing room — the prelude to a departure for Miami two months later. “We could be seeing history repeat itself,” Pierce said through laughter. “That’s the funny part about it, because if Boston beats them, we all know he’s gone. He may be gone anyway.”
Storyline: LeBron James Free Agency
Paul Pierce: “If you look down, I’ll take [Al] Horford over Kevin Love. The way Tatum’s been playing, Rozier, nobody on Cleveland is playing as well as those guys and they have the advantage pretty much every night at coaching. “Ty Lue’s a great coach but Brad Stevens is the best coach in basketball right now. No offence to [San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg] Popovich, but he’s the best coach in the NBA and that says a lot. “Look at what he’s doing with the Celtics. If they end up in the Finals? Come on. “We had them written off to not even make the playoffs or go this far in the playoffs without Gordon [Hayward] or Kyrie [Irving].”
So, what is the story behind Allen not attending Pierce’s number retirement ceremony? “We talked about how much was made about me not being at Paul’s ceremony, but the interesting thing is how many people told me they didn’t want me to come back, period. And then there’s people who were like, ‘How come you didn’t come back?’ There clearly is a mending of fences that needs to be had, and that wasn’t the night to do it. I know that time will come, and when it comes I will certainly be happy.”