LBS- Paul Pierce just added some extra incentive to the Los Angeles Clippers to bring home their first NBA championship in franchise history. The veteran says he will “probably” retire if they win it all.
“This year, If we win a championship…I’ll probably be done with basketball,” Pierce said at media day on Friday.
Pierce is 37 years old and nearing the end of his career, which has spanned 17 seasons in the league. He did sign a 3-year, $10.5 million deal with the Clippers, but it doesn’t sound like he plans to fulfill the term of the deal.
I know, I know. This may come as surprise, but Paul Pierce will probably retire if he wins the NBA championship this season. I'll give you a minute to pick your jaws up off the floor. Paul Pierce saying he would probably retire a champion at the age 37 (or 38 depending on his birthday) is like me saying I would probably stop driving Uber if I won the lottery tomorrow. In other news, I am probably going to stop going on dates if hot women just start showing up at my door. Probably stop eating out too if a 5 star chef asks to rent out my guest room. What is this 'probably' nonsense Paul? You just took something that was a legitimate nugget of news, and turned it into a completely useless nugget of shit. How can I take a hard stance on a statement that was so incredibly flaccid? I need bulletin board material, not 'write it on a post-it and stick it on the fridge for a day' material.
In all seriousness though, of course Paul Pierce will retire if the Clippers win a championship. In fact, he could have probably said the same thing prior to each of his last four seasons. I know part of the reason he keeps playing is because he has an undying love for the game. However, the opportunity to go out on top is one that every professional athlete one day hopes to be granted, and one that few rarely are. The Truth isn't getting any younger, and he's finally back on a team that has the talent to realistically make a Championship run. If there is a time for him to ride off into the sunset holding the Larry O'Brien trophy it's now, and my God would he go down in Los Angeles Clippers lore if he did.