Over the weekend, Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce had some interesting comments regarding Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade. Pierce stated that if he had Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James/Chris Bosh, he would have won more than one championship.
Most fans took this as a shot at Wade, but they missed the overall message.
The whole discourse on Pierce and the overall disrespect has gotten out of hand, and people have forgotten his true greatness.
For some reason, people like to have a revisionist history when it comes to Pierce’s career. People forget that Pierce was a ten-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA Third Team, and All-NBA Second Team once. Most importantly, Pierce was one of the most clutch players of his era. Pierce showed this when he got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen as he won the title and was named NBA Finals MVP(oh, and by the way, he did it against Kobe Bryant).
It should be no surprise that Pierce was selected to the NBA 75th anniversary team because he is one of the best small forwards of his era. He is one in a select group of players who actually went toe to toe with LeBron for a stretch of years, and he even outdueled him a couple of times. Pierce is also one of the best scorers of his era, and he is 17th all-time in points scored.
The disrespect for Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce has gone too far
Ultimately, I don’t see why the disrespect has gone this far with Pierce. Although people don’t like how he speaks, he’s earned the right to talk the way he has because he is a legend.
Pierce also cleared up his comments on what he meant regarding Wade, and it makes sense. He is just simply stating how he didn’t have any hall-of-fame teammates in the prime of his career, which hurts him in all-time rankings.
The discourse around Pierce must change because he is a true legend.