While Celtic’s fans are thrilled that the team was able to bring back each of the big three, Rajon Rondo, and add Shaq for the upcoming NBA season, Paul Pierce threw in a curveball last week in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. Speaking of his future and his new contract, Pierce mentioned that he would like to play 3 or 4 more years before pursuing a change of venue:
“As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because, eventually, I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years. That’s why this is a big contract for me, knowing I’m going to retire a Boston Celtic. I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years, before I settle into retirement.”
This move caught me by surprise, but seems to be telling in that it is in-line with Pierce’s personality. This move tells me three things:
1) Paul Pierce likes to party. Stories of his conquests and lifestyle have reached mythical proportions in Boston and let’s face it, he’s really just looking for a good time in Europe.
2) Paul Pierce wants to massage his ego a bit — what could make you feel less washed up at the end of your career than ganging up and dominating some Europeans?
3) Paul Pierce is a classic basketball gym rat. He’s one of those players that’s going to have a terrible time walking away from the game. It’s all he knows. He’ll likely be the 60-year-old man playing pick-up at the local YMCA with the high school kids.
Good for you, Paul.