2015-16 NBA Season Could Be Last For Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce latched on with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this season with hopes to join a legit title contender. With center DeAndre Jordan back and the team also bringing in the likes of Lance Stephenson, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich and Josh Smith, those hopes just might be fulfilled.
Regardless if they are or not, the 2015-16 NBA season looks to be the end of the road for the 37-year old swing man.
Speaking during a Tuesday press conference, Pierce suggested the Clippers are close to winning a title and that the upcoming season will likely be his last.
“This will probably be the last ride of my career”, Pierce admitted. “I think this is where I’m going to end it. I’m going to go all in.”
Those certainly are the words of a man near the end of the line, as Pierce will be 38 in October and looked gassed at the end of a playoff run with the Washington Wizards just a few months ago.
While Pierce looked to run out of energy last year, it had more to do with a last second clutch shot being erased (it came after the buzzer sounded). Had it fallen, Pierce’s Wizards may have had a real shot at advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. Instead, it was wiped away, the Atlanta Hawks moved on and an aging Pierce was left deflated.
There was talk soon after that series that Pierce could retire this off-season, but the former Boston Celtics legend opted out of his deal and signed with L.A. In Los Angeles, Pierce reunites with former head coach Doc Rivers on a squad he openly feels has the goods to make a deep playoff run.
Pierce isn’t wrong about Los Angeles being close, but it may take some playoff heroics from him or another Clipper to help that magical run come to fruition. The Clippers over-achieved a year ago and still failed to advance to the first Western Conference Finals in team history. They did it in epic fashion, too, as they blew a 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets and were one good fourth quarter away from making history.
Pierce could be a huge piece of the puzzle and help the Clips get over that mental block. Whether or not his addition is the difference remains to be determined, but regardless of how L.A. does this year, it looks like this is the last time the NBA will see Pierce on an NBA floor.
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