Paul Pierce Will Retire After 2016-17 Season

Paul Pierce Will Retire After 2016-17 Season

This year will be Paul Pierce’s final season in the NBA, he announced on Monday. By the end of this year, the former Jayhawk will have spent 19 years in the NBA with four different teams.

Pierce, 39, announced the decision via a column and video in The Players’ Tribune.
“I realized that it’s time to move on from the game of basketball,” Pierce said in the video. “The toughest decision I had to make in my life, but this is it. This is my final season.”

Pierce was drafted in the first round in 1998 after playing three seasons at Kansas. He played 15 seasons for the Boston Celtics, the last of which was the 2012-13 season. He was a 10-time All-Star, NBA champion and NBA Finals MVP.

However, since leaving Boston in 2013, his points, rebounds and assists per game have declined. Last season, he averaged a career-low 6.1 points per game and he started in only 38 games, another career low.

At Kansas, he was a consensus first-team All-American and a 1998 Wooden Award finalist before going to the NBA. His number was retired by Kansas in January 2013.

“I realized that you can’t play forever. This is a young man’s game,” Pierce said. “The signs, they’re there. You can’t reach the goals that you put out there for yourself like you’ve done in the past and it gets harder as you get older and the players get better.”

He will finish his career with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, with eyes set on another NBA championship. The Clippers are currently fourth in ESPN’s NBA power rankings. His final season will begin on Oct. 27 against Portland.

“After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”

But there’s a catch:

Paul Anthony Pierce was born on October 13, 1977. He is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Pierce was a high school McDonald’s All-American and earned All-America first team honors in his junior year at Kansas.

Pierce spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. In July 2013, Pierce was included in a deal that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. He signed with the Washington Wizards the following offseason, but after just one season with the Wizards, he moved back home to Los Angeles and reunited with his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers at the Clippers.

The best part?

During his time with the Celtics, Pierce had been a starter on the team for every season. He is a ten-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA team selection, and also led Boston to the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010, winning the 2008 NBA Finals. He was named the 2008 NBA Finals MVP in his first trip to the NBA Finals. Pierce is also one of only three players, alongside Larry Bird and John Havlicek, who have scored over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He holds the Celtics’ record for most three-point field goals made and also ranks third in team history in games played, second in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in total assists, and first in total steals. He has also made the fourth most three-point field goals in NBA history, behind only Jason Terry, Reggie Miller and Ray Allen. His nickname, “The Truth”, was given to him by Shaquille O’Neal.

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  • Patrick Dodge Posted October 27, 2016 7:04 am

    Paul Pierce is such a good basketball player. Even if it is his final season, I will still be a fan of him.

  • Mary Burrell Posted October 27, 2016 7:47 am

    He’s right, that you can’t play forever. So for him, it’s his time to rest from basketball but for me, he still be a good basketball player of all time.

  • Selena Shields Posted October 27, 2016 8:19 am

    If it is his last season in the NBA I absolutely watch his last game. And I will really miss him for the following season of the NBA.

    • Julia Garrison Posted November 2, 2016 5:46 am

      Yeah, me too. . I will miss him in the NBA. So good luck for him, for the new journey that he will be taking for.

      • Roberta Adkins Posted November 2, 2016 8:21 am

        A warmly good luck to him for his new journey in life. I will always be his fan

  • Chara Olivarez Posted November 2, 2016 3:22 am

    I don’t care if he’s resigning. There are still a lot of players that are better than him. But still, he’s part of the basketball history.

    • Florence Wilson Posted November 2, 2016 5:36 am

      You’re right, he’s been part of the basketball history, and he is one of the basketball players that idolized by some young men that want to be part in the NBA.

    • Wallace Dickerson Posted November 2, 2016 7:47 am

      yeah! I agree, people should not be affected with his retirement because he still part of the NBA history and there are still great player out there that could follow his steps.

    • John Bernardo Posted November 2, 2016 8:37 am

      Yes, he is not the only great player in basketball, but still he is one of them that idolized by basketball fans and followed his steps. So Pierce is not just as a simple basketball player as you think!

  • Eileen Keith Posted November 2, 2016 4:11 am

    It could be the toughest decision that he has been made. He is brave enough to move on from basketball that has been part of his life of all time.

  • Kara Taylor Posted November 2, 2016 5:30 am

    Sad to hear that this is the last day of Paul Pierce in his career, but your effort will never forget. We will truly miss you, Paul

  • John Lewis Posted November 2, 2016 5:46 am

    I really admire Paul Pierce because he has an ability, strength and the courage to stand for what decision he made. He never regrets it.

  • Yvette Marshall Posted November 2, 2016 6:06 am

    I think this is the hardest part of a decision he made because I know that men love basketball so much, Some are dreaming of being part of the NBA but then they’re not qualified.

    • Mary Christopher Posted November 2, 2016 6:14 am

      Yeah, you’re right, to be part of the NBA Team is such a big dream.

  • Delly Dye Posted November 2, 2016 6:18 am

    We should not be sad if it is the last day of Paul Pierce in NBA because there’s a lot of players who are good enough as Paul.

    • Althea Klingler Posted November 2, 2016 6:36 am

      You’re right, there are still a better player than him so just let it be for whatever the decision he was making. It’s his choice.

      • Kevin Nickles Posted November 2, 2016 8:47 am

        Pierce is a great basketball player, but not forever he could play as what he said. So he made this decision as early as now.

  • Irma Spence Posted November 2, 2016 6:19 am

    He has really been part of the NBA team for almost 19 years and it’s time for him to rest and live outside in the basketball world.

    • Gerald Vetter Posted November 2, 2016 6:27 am

      Yeah. Maybe it’s time for Paul to rest and gave chance to others who have the ability to be part in the NBA.

  • Elizabeth Berk Posted November 2, 2016 6:26 am

    “He was a 10-time All-Star, NBA champion, and NBA Finals MVP.” and that’s not easy for his fans like me, that he will not continue his career in the NBA.

    • Alvin Crowley Posted November 2, 2016 6:50 am

      I agree with you Elizabeth, but we have no choice to accept the reality that he will no longer be playing

    • Frederick Lawson Posted November 2, 2016 6:53 am

      Yeah, it was hard to accept that the all-time player in the NBA was retiring, but he already made his decision and he means it. So as a fan, I support whatever the decision he made.

  • Margareta Clarke Posted November 2, 2016 7:20 am

    Most of the fans feel sad about his announcement, but even though he could not be part of the NBA after this season, he could remain as an inspiration to all who aspires to be a basketball player.

  • Carmela Morin Posted November 2, 2016 7:38 am

    All we can do is to be happy, whatever Paul decisions, maybe he wants to live a life that’s far from whatever he has right now

    • Michael Hamilton Posted November 2, 2016 7:58 am

      For whatever reasons that made him retire from the NBA, it’s his choice and we could never be sad for that. He is brave enough to make this decision though basketball is his life.

    • jeffery McFarland Posted November 2, 2016 8:58 am

      Yeah! Basketball is just a game and player changes every season. As what Pierce said, You can’t play forever, so it’s time for him to face another challenge in life.

  • Angela Folk Posted November 2, 2016 7:50 am

    We can no longer see Paul playing to the crowd, but still you will be our best MVP.

  • William Stancil Posted November 2, 2016 9:35 am

    His decision caught the attentions of all, but we do not have any authorities to break his decisions. All we have to do is to be happy whatever his reason why he wants to retire

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