Paul Pierce’s NBA career, which began in Boston and almost certainly will end in Springfield, is coming to an end.
This is it, my final season.
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.
With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.
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. (via The Players Tribune)
Here’re the achievements of Paul Pierce during his career:
Finals MVP and NBA Champion (2008)
10x NBA All-Star
All-NBA 2nd team (2009)
All-NBA 3rd team (2002, 2003, 2008)
NBA Rookie team (1999)
NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2010)
No.34 retired by Kansas
If you didn't know about this, check: 16 years ago Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times. He came back and started every game that season.