Paul Pierce concludes 19-year NBA career
LOS ANGELES – The storied playing career of Paul Pierce came to an end on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Utah Jazz in game seven of a first-round NBA playoffs matchup at Staples Center. The 39-year-old, affectionately known as “The Truth,” ends his NBA career after 19 seasons – the longest-tenured Jayhawk in the NBA of all-time.
After being selected 10th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1998 NBA Draft following his junior season at KU, Pierce went on to become a 10-time NBA All-Star, four-time All-NBA selection, NBA champion (2008) and NBA Finals MVP (2008). With 26,397 career points, he ranks 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
As a Jayhawk, Pierce was a 1998 Consensus All-America First Team selection. In just three seasons at Kansas, Pierce ranks 10th on the KU career scoring list with 1,768 points and also ranks in the top 20 in rebounds and steals. He was most outstanding player in both the 1997 and 1998 Big 12 Tournaments and his jersey was officially retired from KU in during the 2003 season.
Names across the sport of basketball paid tribute to the future Hall of Famer:
The Players’ Tribune:
The Truth’s final point in the NBA:
The final point of Paul Pierce’s career. pic.twitter.com/VdZv8LPP4Y
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 30, 2017
Walk-off interview with @NBA:
— NBA (@NBA) May 1, 2017
Just wanna say Thanku to all my fans who followed me throughout my career supporting my ups and downs it’s been an honor 19yrs wow thankunba
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) April 12, 2017
— NBA (@NBA) April 30, 2017
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Los Angeles Clippers:
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 30, 2017
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) April 12, 2017
Wayne Selden Jr.:
— Wayne Selden Jr. (@WayneSeldenJr) May 1, 2017
To one of my idols growing up playing this game. Always been one of my favorite players and will forever be. Real One. Thanks Truth pic.twitter.com/5B6ZACOTEq
— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) May 1, 2017
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 30, 2017
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 30, 2017
— KG’s Area 21 (@KGArea21) April 30, 2017
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