Dwyane Wade fires back at Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce

Boston Celtics (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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With next-to-no Boston Celtics news trickling out at this time of year, more attention is being paid to a little back-and-forth between team legend Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade.

Over the past few weeks, Pierce has found his way into the news by arguing that he had a better career than the Miami Heat great.

On Tuesday, Wade fired back at Pierce, during an appearance on the Dan Le Batard Show.

“I mean listen, rent is expensive in America, and I’m living rent free. I like living rent free,” Wade said of Pierce’s recent comments. “… It’s documented. I don’t need to say anything. Everything is documented.”


Wade’s response came two weeks after Pierce fired off a rant while appearing on the It Is What It Is show.

“Put Shaq [O’Neal] on my team. Put LeBron [James] and [Chris] Bosh with me. I’m not gonna win one?” Pierce said. “Put me, LeBron and Bosh… we not gonna win a couple? For a long time, my skills went unappreciated because I didn’t get to play with a lot of great players. And then I got to play with KG [Kevin Garnett] and Ray [Allen] past their prime. Four years earlier, you put me, Ray, and KG together, you think we’re not walking away with three ‘ships?”

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Wade and Pierce were rivals during their playing careers, for sure. From 2010-2012, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat met three-straight times in the NBA Playoffs. Pierce’s Celtics took the first series in 2010, but then Wade’s Heat struck back in the following two seasons after James and Bosh headed to South Beach.

After Pierce and Garnett were traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2013, they met Miami once more in the postseason. Wade’s squad once again sent the Celtics legend home in 2014.

Wade was able to capture three NBA titles, winning in 2006, 2012, and 2013, while Pierce got just one in 2008. Championships are commonly used as a measuring stick of greatness in the NBA, which is a reason why many fans feel that Wade was the better player.

Ultimately, both men had tremendous careers and will both be in the Basketball Hall of Fame once Wade is inducted this weekend.