Paul Pierce to End Career with Euro-Trip?

Paul Pierce

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.

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23 responses to “Paul Pierce to End Career with Euro-Trip?

  1. J-Bone

    His flopping will fit right in in Europe.

  2. Teck

    oh please…flopping in the NBA is not bad…a few bad europeans thats all. I guarantee you we will start to see more and more NBA players begin to do this…especially the aging veterans looking for another big contract. Marbury already has done it and same with Josh Childress, although the latter is coming back to the NBA this year. With the state of the NBA’s CBA more players might go over to Europe due to a lock out. It could be interesting.

  3. J-bone

    Shaq was supposedly real close to signing in Europe before signing with the Celtics

  4. J-Bone

    He almost had no other options

  5. Pablo Escobar

    Well let’s think back that King James was going to go overseas if they were willing. and I mean did Europe do Brandon Jennings any harm? I don’t think so

  6. Teck

    I agree as of now you’ll only see washed up stars going over there for one more big contract…or kids out of high school who are too dumb to get into college. But if the worst happens next year and there is a lock out…it wouldnt surprise me to see some bigger names over there

    • j-bone

      that would be interesting with the lock out, there is potential for football and basketball to have some labor problems which would suck

      • Won’t happen. NBA players as a whole are afraid of leaving the US. Ultimately there will always be more money and better competition here, one way or the other.

  7. j-bone

    If there is no league for them to make money or compete it might be an option, I really don’t want to see it though, the NBA really has made great strides to make it very interesting.

  8. j-bone

    I agree, they went through slump but with the Lakers/Celtics renewal, the Heat, lots of good young talent, it has really made a comeback

  9. Pablo Escobar

    America needs a basketball tournament similar to that of the Little League World Series. I mean what kind of kid hasn’t played Rec basketball in their youth. Basketball performance around the world would experience an exponential boost in talent.

    • An interesting idea. It seems like AAU basketball and private high schools dominate the pre-college game, but getting interest in the sport at a younger age could certainly increase the depth of talent.

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