Paul Pierce is increasingly infamous in NBA circles for his role as an ESPN analyst always looking for the hot take. Before he came over to the media side, however, Pierce was an NBA champion and 10-time All-Star with the Boston Celtics. In 2018, Boston decided to celebrate ‘The Truth’ with a jersey retirement at halftime of a game against the Cavs. It did not go their way.
Yikes. Way to rain on the future Hall of Famer's parade.
The stark contrast between Cleveland’s bench reactions in garbage time and Pierce watching the game with his young daughter is rough to watch. On one side, LeBron James and the future Eastern Conference champion Cavs are having a great time en route to a 22-point victory. On the other, Pierce has to sit through this game on the wrong end of the scoreboard as his No. 34 hangs in the rafters.
Also, this clip probably explains Pierce’s current feelings about LeBron’s standing among the greatest players of all time.
LeBron often got the last laugh when going against Pierce and the Celtics. The day of No. 34’s jersey retirement was absolutely no different.