Paul Pierce discusses his ‘unappreciated’ profession, why he was higher than Dwyane Wade


“4 years earlier, you place me, Ray, and KG collectively, you assume we’re not strolling away with three ‘ships?”

Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics posts up Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on April 10, 2012 in Miami, Florida.
Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade had loads of battles through the years. (Photograph by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Pictures)

Whether or not or not it’s on the courtroom or now in his post-playing days, Celtics legend Paul Pierce has by no means been one to keep away from talking his thoughts.

Former Warmth star Dwyane Wade has significantly drawn the ire of Pierce, particularly when it comes to their respective profession comparisons.

After proclaiming again in 2019 that he was the higher participant over Wade, Pierce as soon as once more doubled down on his take throughout an look on rappers Cam’Ron and Mase’s “It Is What It Is” YouTube collection. 

For Pierce, the argument in favor of his profession over Wade’s is due largely to the quantity of star expertise that the Warmth capturing guard usually had round him in South Seaside.

Despite the fact that Pierce finally gained a title with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2008, he was over 30 years outdated on the time.

Regardless of sharing the courtroom with Antoine Walker within the early phases of his tenure with Boston, Pierce’s first decade with the Celtics was primarily spent on rebuilding rosters.

“Put Shaq [O’Neal] on my group. Put LeBron [James] and [Chris] Bosh with me. I’m not gonna win one?” Pierce stated. “Put me, LeBron and Bosh, we not gonna win a pair?

“For a very long time, my expertise went unappreciated as a result of I didn’t get to play with numerous nice gamers,” Pierce continued. “After which I obtained to play with KG and Ray [Allen] previous their prime. 4 years earlier, you place me, Ray, and KG collectively, you assume we’re not strolling away with three ‘ships?”

Despite the fact that Pierce completed with extra profession factors (26,397) than Wade (23,165), Wade averaged 22.0 factors per sport over the span of his spectacular profession. Pierce averaged 19.7 factors per contest.

“Who’s the higher 3-point shooter? Is he a greater scorer?” Pierce challenged “OK, he averaged extra factors than me (in his) profession. I can shoot the three, mid-range. I can submit up, get to the road.”

In fact, the impartial stance to take right here is that each Pierce and Wade solid spectacular careers worthy of reward. After Pierce earned the decision to the Basketball Corridor of Fame in Springfield in 2021, Wade is predicted to hitch him for the Class of 2023.

Nonetheless, Pierce burdened in 2019 that his profession is probably going seen in a special gentle than different legends of his period as a result of his lack of success in Boston through the early 2000s.

“Individuals didn’t get an opportunity to see this earlier than Twitter and Instagram,” Pierce stated on ESPN on the time. That’s why I say, ‘Go to YouTube, put in a few of these dates, early 2000s, Paul Pierce.”

Wade has not responded to Pierce’s newest declare. Again in 2019, he provided up a easy response on Twitter when their respective resumes had been weighed in opposition to each other.