Paul Pierce
American basketball player
Paul Pierce
Paul Anthony Pierce, nicknamed "The Truth", is an American professional basketball forward with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Pierce was a high school McDonald's All-American and earned First Team All-America honors in his junior year at Kansas. Pierce has been a starter every season since being selected by the Celtics with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft.
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Clippers' Paul Pierce gets emotional send-off, and one last magical moment, in final game at Boston
LATimes - 21 days
Paul Pierce tried to fight back the tears, but his emotions soon overwhelmed him as the fans inside TD Garden paid tribute to a former Boston Celtics champion who was playing in his farewell game here Sunday. They serenaded Pierce before he was introduced as a starting forward for the Clippers...
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Paul Pierce Says Goodbye to Boston With a Three
Wall Street Journal - 21 days
Former Celtics star plays his last game in Boston as a member of the Clippers
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Draymond Green responds to Paul Pierce's criticism of Kevin Durant: 'No one cares what you did' - SB Nation
Google News - 5 months
SB Nation Draymond Green responds to Paul Pierce's criticism of Kevin Durant: 'No one cares what you did' SB Nation Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors was obviously going to get some blowback. NBA players didn't hide their surprise when Durant announced his choice. The latest NBA legend to take Durant to ... Shootaround (Oct. 14) -- Draymond Green fires back at Kevin Durant's criticsNBA.com (blog) Draymond Green's Defense of Kevin Durant Reveals a Hidden NBA TruthBleacher Report Draymond Green Is Tired Of People Trashing Kevin Durant For Joining The WarriorsYahoo Sports SFGate -CBS Local -Sporting News -ESPN all 175 news articles »
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Clippers' Paul Pierce: 'This is it, my final season'
LATimes - 5 months
Paul Piece, the smooth-shooting small forward who was one of the NBA’s best trash-talkers, announced Monday on the Players’ Tribune that 2016-17 will be his final season after almost two decades of memorable moments made mostly playing for the Boston Celtics. Pierce will retire after having played...
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Pierce uncertain about Clippers future
Yahoo News - 6 months
Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce is undecided about whether or not he will extend his NBA career into a 19th season, coach Doc Rivers revealed Thursday. Pierce, who spent the bulk of his career working under Rivers at the Boston Celtics, which included an NBA Championship in 2008, is still mulling whether or not to return for the new campaign. "Paul has had the summer, he's gone back and forth," Rivers said.
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List of NBA Finals MVP winners
Yahoo News - 8 months
List of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player winners: 2016 - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers 2015 - Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors 2014 - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs 2013 - LeBron James, Miami Heat 2012 - LeBron James, Miami Heat 2011 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks 2010 - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2009 - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2008 - Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics 2007 - Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs 2006 - Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 2005 - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs 2004 - Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons 2003 - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs 2002 - Shaquille O'Neal, ...
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Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce prepare for an emotional return to Boston
LATimes - about 1 year
Doc Rivers has been back to Boston twice already as coach of the Clippers, memorably tearing up as he spoke about the reception he received upon his initial return in December 2013. Going back to TD Garden has become even more routine for Paul Pierce, who made four trips the last two seasons while...
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Nets Fire Coach Lionel Hollins, Reassign GM Billy King
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey. The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired. The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers. King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach. "It's clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture a ...
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Redick Leads Clippers Past Pelicans, 95-89
NYTimes - about 1 year
Paul Pierce wrapped his left arm around the back of Chris Paul's head, pulling him close as the pair walked toward the foul line in the final seconds.
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Paul Pierce revisits his past in Washington and his future after this season becomes an issue
LATimes - about 1 year
A "family decision" is what convinced Paul Pierce to return home to Southern California to play for the Clippers, and the same family considerations will determine whether he retires after this season or continues playing. Pierce's future became a topic Monday night because he was facing the Washington...
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Clippers' Paul Pierce looks like his younger self in victory over the Jazz
LATimes - about 1 year
Nearly a week before the calendar flipped to 2016, it felt like it was 2008 again for Paul Pierce. There was a dunk in the first quarter, a flurry of three-pointers in the third quarter and another three-pointer in the final minute Saturday during the Clippers' victory over the Utah Jazz, all of...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Pierce
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    On September 26, 2016, Pierce announced that the 2016–17 season would be his last in the NBA.
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    On January 16, 2016, Pierce missed a potential tying three-pointer with 25 seconds left in the game against the Sacramento Kings.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 7 points in the 110–103 loss, snapping their 10-game winning streak. In that game, Pierce went over 45,000 minutes for his career, becoming the fifth active player and 17th in NBA history to reach that mark.
  • 2015
    On July 10, 2015, Pierce signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
    More Details Hide Details He made his debut for the Clippers in the team's season opener against the Sacramento Kings on October 28, recording 12 points and 7 rebounds off the bench in a 111–104 win. With Lance Stephenson starting at small forward, Pierce began the season as a role player off the bench for the first time in his career. He started in three games midway through November, but quickly returned to a bench role with coach Doc Rivers constantly shifting his starting small forwards around. Over his first 20 games of the season, Pierce went scoreless in five of those contests, two more times than in his previous 17 seasons combined. On December 16, Pierce scored six points against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the game, he hit a buzzer beater to end the first quarter and became the fifth active player and 16th in NBA history to reach 26,000 points. On December 26, he scored a season-high 20 points against the Utah Jazz, recording 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range to help the Clippers win 109–104.
    On June 27, 2015, Pierce opted out of the second year of his contract with the Wizards to become a free agent.
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    On May 9, 2015, Pierce made a two-point shot with three defenders on him at the buzzer to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 103-101 and take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. In Game 6 of the series on May 15, the Wizards were down 94-91 with seconds remaining when Pierce launched a three-pointer, hoping to extend the Wizards' season by forcing overtime. The shot swished, apparently tying the score at the buzzer, but the play was reviewed, showing the clock expired before Pierce released the basketball. Pierce finished the playoffs averaging 14.6 points and shot 52.4 percent from three in 10 playoff games.
    On February 2, 2015, he passed Alex English for 15th place on the NBA's career scoring list with 11 points against the Charlotte Hornets.
    More Details Hide Details Pierce finished the regular season averaging 11.9 points per game, a career low.
    On January 14, 2015, Pierce passed Jason Kidd for fourth all-time in three-pointers made in the 105-99 win over the Chicago Bulls.
    More Details Hide Details Eleven days later, he recorded his 2,000th career three-pointer in the 117-115 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.
  • 2014
    With 14 points against the Atlanta Hawks on November 25, 2014, Pierce passed Jerry West for 17th place on the NBA's career scoring list.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, Pierce passed Reggie Miller for 16th place on the NBA's career scoring list with a season-high 28 points against the Boston Celtics.
    On July 17, 2014, Pierce signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Washington Wizards.
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    The Nets faced the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, as they went on to defeat them in seven games with Pierce blocking what could have been a game winning basket by Kyle Lowry in Game 7 to win the series for the Nets.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round against the Miami Heat, the Nets were defeated in five games, as Pierce averaged 13.7 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three over 12 total playoff games.
    On April 11, 2014, Pierce scored his 25,000 career point, becoming just the fourth active player to reach that milestone.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 25,032 points.
  • 2013
    Pierce would go on to finish his 2013–14 campaign averaging 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assist in 75 games (68 starts).
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    On June 28, 2013, the day of the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets reached a deal to trade Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry for future first-round picks in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 drafts and Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, and Keith Bogans.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was completed on July 12, 2013. Brooklyn also received D. J. White. Pierce convinced Garnett to waive his no-trade clause so that the deal could come to fruition. The Celtics took out a full-page advertisement in the Boston Globe thanking Pierce and Garnett for their contributions to the team. When Pierce left the Celtics, he was the third in franchise history in games played, second in points scored, first in free throws made, and first in 3 point field goals. At an introductory press conference with Garnett and Terry following the trade, Pierce stated, "We are championship driven... We made a lot of money in our careers. We have won a number of awards. At this point right now, we are about winning a championship. Brooklyn gives us the best opportunity." Despite the Brooklyn Nets getting off to a disappointing start to the season, Pierce showed Brooklyn why he is known as the "Truth". After Brook Lopez's season ending injury, Kidd decided to move Pierce to the power forward position, which subsequently helped the Nets on both offense and defense. By moving him there, he had the advantage and skills to shoot over larger defenders, while also using his speed and ball handling to get by them. In addition, he opened the paint for players like Garnett, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson to thrive.
    On March 29, 2013 against the Atlanta Hawks, Pierce recorded his third triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
    More Details Hide Details Pierce finished the 2012–13 season with season averages of 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game while the Celtics managed to clinch the 7th seed in the playoffs with a 41-40 season record (with one game not played because of the Boston Marathon bombings). The Celtics lost to the New York Knicks in the 1st round in six games. Pierce averaged 19.2 points per game while shooting a poor 36.8 percent from the field and 26.8 percent from three point range along with 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the playoff series loss.
    On February 10, 2013 against the Denver Nuggets, Pierce recorded his second triple-double of the season with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists becoming the oldest player, in a game of any length, to record at least 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists (previously held by Larry Bird).
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    On January 27, 2013 against the Miami Heat, Pierce recorded his first triple-double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.
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  • 2012
    He then played his 1,000th career game with the Celtics on March 9, 2012 against the Portland Trail Blazers; only Pierce, John Havlicek, and Robert Parish have played in over 1,000 career games for the Celtics.
    More Details Hide Details For the 2011–12 season Pierce averaged 19.4 points, 4.5 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game as the Celtics finished the season 39-27 in the lockout shortened season. In the playoffs, the Celtics beat the Hawks in six games in the first round, as Pierce averaged 21.2 points per game during the series. In the conference semifinals the Celtics faced the Philadelphia 76ers led by Doug Collins. They pushed the Celtics into a full seven game series, but the Celtics won the final game 85-75. The Celtics then played the Miami Heat in the conference finals. Pierce hit a crucial 3-pointer over LeBron James in game 5 to take a series lead of 3-2, but the Celtics lost the last two games, and the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals. Pierce finished the playoffs averaging 18.9 points per game while shooting only 38.6 percent from the field and 31 percent from three.
    He was named to his tenth NBA All-Star appearance on February 9, 2012.
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    On February 7, 2012, during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Pierce scored fifteen points to pass Larry Bird for second place on the Boston Celtics' all-time scoring list.
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  • 2010
    On November 3, 2010, during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Pierce scored his 20,000th career point on a free throw, becoming the third player in Celtics history to reach that milestone solely in a Celtics uniform.
    More Details Hide Details The Celtics finished the season with the number 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and swept the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. In the second round, the Celtics took on the Miami Heat and their big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Celtics lost to Miami, who eventually moved on to the NBA Finals, in five games.
    On June 29, 2010, Pierce opted out of his contract and triggered his early termination contract to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details However, on July 2, Pierce and the Celtics verbally agreed to a four-year extension keeping him in Boston through the 2013–14 season.
    In game 3 of the first round between the Celtics and Miami Heat in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Pierce hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer to beat Miami 100–98, and give the Celtics a 3–0 series lead.
    More Details Hide Details The Celtics went on to win that series, and also defeated the heavily favored Cavaliers in the second round. They faced the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals, and beat them in 6 games to advance to their second Finals appearance in the Big 3 era. They faced off against the Lakers in a rematch of the 2008 NBA Finals, and took a 3-2 lead heading back to Los Angeles. However, in spite of Rasheed Wallace more than making up for the loss of injured center Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics were blown out in game 6 and lost a 13-point second half lead in game 7, losing the deciding game 83-79.
    At the 2010 NBA All-Star Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Pierce became the first Celtic since Larry Bird to win the Three-Point Shootout.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Despite Pierce's success, with Kevin Garnett injured, the Celtics lost in the second round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
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    He was named to the 2009 NBA All-Star Game and for the first time to the All-NBA Team Second Team.
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  • 2008
    Pierce and the Celtics looked to repeat as world champions during the 2008–09 NBA season.
    More Details Hide Details Pierce missed only one game the entire season and led the team in scoring.
    Pierce was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after the Celtics' 131–92 victory in Game 6 on June 17, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details I'm the best player. There's a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don't cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself." The quote drew minor controversy.
    On June 5, 2008, in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Pierce was injured in the third quarter and was carried off the court in serious pain.
    More Details Hide Details However, he came back to the court only a few minutes later to spark the Celtics with 15 points in the third quarter en route to a 98–88 victory. He went on to lead the Celtics to their 17th championship after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to two.
    On May 18, 2008, Pierce recorded the second-highest point total in franchise history in a Game 7 with 41 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
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    On April 28, 2008, Pierce was fined $25,000 by the NBA for an alleged menacing gesture after falling to the ground and being taunted by Al Horford in Game 3 of the first round in the 2008 Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks on April 26, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Sources claimed this gesture was a gang-related hand sign, but Danny Ainge, general manager of the Celtics, stated that Pierce has been repeatedly doing it before and that it was not gang-related, but rather a symbol used within the team. Pierce himself denied it, adding that his foundation was committed to helping urban youth keep away from gangs.
  • 2007
    Prior to the 2007–08 season, he expressed great excitement at the Celtics' acquisitions of fellow All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, and at the chance to contend for a championship.
    More Details Hide Details He slimmed down to his college weight of and vowed to pay more attention to defense, as he did not have to carry the offense anymore.
  • 2006
    Pierce was also selected for the United States national team for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, but did not compete because of minor off-season surgery.
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    He followed up this stellar season with an injury-riddled 2006–07 campaign that saw him miss the first significant stretch of games in his career, due to a stress reaction in his foot.
    More Details Hide Details In spite of this injury, he still managed to put up his usual numbers in the 47 games in which he saw action. But the Celtics, during that season, went on an 18-game losing streak and had one of the worst seasons in franchise history, going 24–58.
    On March 8, 2006, Pierce extended his franchise-record streak of 30-point games to eight.
    More Details Hide Details On March 7, he scored seven points in overtime to beat the Washington Wizards on a buzzer beater, and the next night the Celtics eked out a victory against Philadelphia on the strength of two late-game improbable shots by Pierce, one a three-pointer, the other an off-balance buzzer beater for the win. He scored at least 30 points for the 13th time in 14 games (between February 4 and March 12), the best such stretch in Celtics history.
  • 2005
    During the 2005–06 NBA season, Pierce had the highest points-per-shot average among the top 30 scorers in the league.
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  • 2003
    In 2003, two and a half years after the attack, Pierce pledged $2.5 million to help expand the high-tech surgical center at Tufts-New England Medical Center that helped make his recovery possible.
    More Details Hide Details Pierce stated, "This is an opportunity for me to give back to the hospital that was there for me when I needed it." Pierce's nickname, The Truth, was accorded to him by Shaquille O'Neal after a 112-107 Lakers' victory over the Celtics on March 13, 2001 in which Pierce scored 42 points on 13 of 19 shooting. O'Neal pulled Boston Herald reporter Steve Bulpett over and gestured toward his notepad. "Take this down", said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the motherfucking truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is The Truth."
    Trade rumors involving Pierce swirled when Danny Ainge returned as the Executive Director of Basketball Operations in May 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Ainge laid most of these rumors to rest in the 2006 off-season by signing Pierce to a three-year, $59 million contract extension.
  • 2002
    Pierce was a member of the United States national team for the 2002 FIBA World Championship, starting all nine games and averaging 19.8 points per game.
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    After his NBA debut, Pierce's ability to score, rebound and play defense, and a healthy dose of late-game heroics led to his emergence as a top player in the Eastern Conference. Along with forward Antoine Walker, Pierce led the Celtics to the playoffs in 2002 for the first time in seven years and on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
    More Details Hide Details In the historic Game 3 of that series, he led the Celtics to one of the biggest fourth-quarter comebacks in NBA playoff history. Pierce scored 19 of his 28 points during the fourth quarter as the Celtics recovered from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the New Jersey Nets.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    He entered the NBA draft after his junior year and was selected with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
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  • 1997
    Pierce averaged 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his three seasons at the University of Kansas, where he majored in Crime and Delinquency Studies, and earned MVP honors in the Big 12 Conference Tournament in both 1997 and 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Pierce played for Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams at Kansas. One of his teammates was future Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn.
  • 1995
    Pierce went on to participate in the 1995 McDonald's All-American Game alongside future NBA stars Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Stephon Marbury, and Antawn Jamison, and was a contestant in the game's Slam Dunk Contest, which was won by Carter.
    More Details Hide Details He grew up a Los Angeles Lakers fan and dreamed of playing with the Lakers. On January 31, 2012, Pierce was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born on October 13, 1977.
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