After K.G. when it comes to retiring NBA legends this Summer I bet you thought there were would be no tickets left.
But the truth is Kevin Garnett’s former teammate and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce will join Da Kid, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan in hanging up his sneakers before walking into basketballs Hall of Fame.
But Paul isn’t leaving this game on the double…more like the 82. And however many postseason games he can propel his playoff bound, hometown Los Angeles Clippers too.
Pierce will retire after the forthcoming 2016/2017 Clipper season has concluded. He announced this via a Kobe like black and white portrait post on the sports star diary site The Players Tribune, which the forward player and thinker has wrote candidly and consistently for about his life and times in the NBA over the past few seasons. A players personal site that seems to be in this social media sharing age the new press conference when it comes to big basketball decisions and announcements. See; ‘Durant, Kevin’.
Just days after basketball brother Garnett agreed to a buyout with his signature Minnesota Timberwolves ending his playing days, one of Boston’s greatest Celtics announced he had one more in him. Stating: “Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more oppurtunity”. And unlike fellow former big-three partner Ray Allen-whose been out the game for years now but has hinted at many a comeback like the only man he can outshoot Reggie Miller once did-after this one Paul is done. Adding, “I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”
Like Laker legend Kobe Bryant, Clipper Paul Pierce will have one more farewell tour of the league from his Los Angeles home before they send him off to the rocking chair. One made with the same wood they use for Beantown parquet.
He’s come a long way since Kansas. The moment Paul Pierce was drafted by the Boston Celtics ‘The Truth’ was set free. And partnering up with fellow Celtic great Antoine Walker he gave the league it’s best one, two punch after the Lakers dynamic duo of Shaq and Kobe. As a matter of fact it was the genuine giant Shaq that gave P-Double his truthful nickname. Pierce overcame so much. Even death after surviving being stabbed multiple times after a night out in his first years in Boston in what was a few inches away from being a Len Bias like tragedy. The toughest Celtic came back that season, stronger than ever. Playing like he hadn’t even had an injury to overcome, let alone a viscious life and death attack that scars both physically and mental.
The brave Boston son brought the Celtics back. Finally reigniting that legendary Laker rivalry that Boston always beat when the C’s moved with the times and saw it took more than two. Years after Antoine walked, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and of course P-Double, Paul Pierce formed the original big-three before Miami…or at least the first once since Allen alingned with Glenn Robinson and Kevin’s former teammate Sam Cassell in Milwaukee for Bucks. This was the biggest three Beantown had seen since Larry Bird was throwing it up from downtown. Of course there was championships and contention too. As another great Celtic champagne club was the toast of New England traditon and Boston pride.
But then rebuilding changes everything. And just when Boston looked to be adding more with Rajon Rondo a wrecking ball came to the Garden like the early 90’s. Picking up the pieces Brooklyn threw bucks at Pierce and Garnett so they would start shooting at their nets. But after that didn’t work out and K.G. brought a ticket home, Paul would do the same via a trip to the nations capital in D.C. for a spell with the Washington Wizards.
Now a Clipper this short stint is as significant as Pierce’s time with the Wizards that showed he still had the same tricks, no need for a trade. But let’s not write this mans career eulogy just yet. One of Boston’s best for all-time, top five, like the legend of Larry or Lord of the Rings, Bill Russell is still one of the premier perimeter players off the bench and clutch heart killer (just ask the Knicks). It’s not time to roll him out on a wheelchair like the Lakers just yet. These Los Angeles times could see him help Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and reunited Celtic championship coach Doc Rivers make some real banner worthy moments and headline clippings.
The headbands not coming off yet for number 34. Lets hear it for him one more time. Paul Pierce isn’t quite done…and that’s the truth.
Watch THIS Work! The WNBA Bets On Women
Ten years ago the motto of the Women’s National Basketball Association was to, ‘Expect Great’. Now a decade later and into the roaring 20’s of a whole new one and world, the league that tells you to watch them work truly has for all it’s worth.
The WNBA and CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) has reached a monumental moment in the leagues history and its time to read all about it on Los Angeles Sparks twin superstar Chiney Ogwumike’s Twitter thread.
It tells us the CBA means…
When it comes to players salary and compensation there will be a 30% increase to the salary cap as the higher max pay player salary jumps like Lisa Leslie’s first dunk from $117,500 to $215,000. Whilst there will be an additional compensation for those top tier Candace Parker players around $300,000. Moving millions this is thee first time the league has moved units like this in six figures. And like Russell Westbrook why not? Because for every player like him there’s an Ogwumike. For every Candace a LeBron. Every Luka Doncic a Breanna Stewart. Every Larry Bird a Sue. Kobe Bryant, Diana Taurasi. For every Michael Jordan a Lisa Leslie.
Every insufferable, couch potato chip, sexist fans who unlike a Suffragette doesn’t believe women deserves equal pay needs to check their pockets…yep like Rakim said that’s nothing but lint. Now paid in full these women deserve this and more like diversity at the Oscars. Just as good as the men like Michelle Wie (she’s not the logos sons wife people) golfing with the guys of you claim you’re “woke” on social media but can’t wake up to this then you’re about as woke as still in bed gone half 12 in the afternoon. It feels like all those trumped up people who had a problem with a female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot. Or those old men who would rather bully a 17 year old girl with Aspergers online than believe in the actual happenings of climate change.
Sure there’s an argument that sportspeople shouldn’t be paid these ridiculous amounts of money. But the point is if the men get paid this much then why shouldn’t the women?
This should have happened a long time ago. But at least it’s happening now.
It’s about time.
Working mothers are also finally getting their due in a groundbreaking deal on this date. Players will receive a salary whilst on maternity leave with an additional new childcare stipend. Whilst up to $60,000 of progressive family planning benefits for veteran players for costs for adoption, surrogacy, oocyte cryopreservation, fertility and more. No longer will go hard greats like Skylar Diggins-Smith have to play whilst pregnant and hide it to protect herself whilst the CBA lists it as a “condition”.
Perks of the game that the men have had for years and the world class women deserve just as such also include individual hotel rooms for players, more mandatory leg room on flights (how important is this for basketball players? The NBA would cry personal foul if the King and them would be forced to fly economy), and further for the finances, off-season job opportunities with league partners that along with the salary rise will mean that WNBA players won’t, overplayed and underpaid have to go overseas in the off-season to earn more money to make ends meet in foreign leagues. Something which has been a conditioning condition and pay for play issue since the leagues inaugural inception.
And let’s not forget about the players mental health too in major improvements across the board and world to an issue still surrounded with stigma despite the lengths taken and measures made. More resources will be offered in addition to the adoption of a Nutrition Council that will aid peak performance by offering players a commitment to this optimization.
But it’s probably the stand made by the WNBA and the CBA against violence to women which is the most important. Ending domestic and all sorts of violence to women which has happened to players around the league and still happens everyday, effecting everyone needs to end NOW like it should have never happened. It seems like such a ridiculously obvious thing to say…but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be said.
Again and again until we don’t have to.
The wide world has finally met the standards of the women’s game and league on the way to leveling the playing field. More of the same…do we really need to add the please now?
Betting on sporting events is a losers game. But betting on women-like the ones in this league-is a sure thing.
The game changed for real today.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 20 Pts, 20 Rebs, 10 Asts first Canadian NBA triple-double since 2006
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Hamilton, ON) became only the second Canadian basketball player in NBA history to record a triple-double — and the first in nearly 14 years, since Steve Nash in 2006.
Gilgeous-Alexander racked-up 20 points, career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former one-and-done Kentucky Wildcat continued his efficient campaign shooting 8-of-12 field goals, connecting 2-of-3 triples and 2-of-2 from the foul-line.
Steve Nash recorded three triple-doubles in his illustrious 18-year career, the last one on April 19, 2006 — Nash finished with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
The 20 rebounds is also a record-high by a Canadian guard and only the second 20/20 double-double by a Canadian — Jamaal Magloire notched a 22 point, 21 rebound game against the Toronto Raptors’ on March 21, 2004.
Most rebounds by a Canadian in the NBA
Samuel Dalembert (Montreal, QC) holds the record for the most rebounds in a NBA game with 23 against the Golden State Warriors on March 20, 2009. Followed by Magloire 22 and Tristan Thompson with 21.
Gilgeous-Alexander becomes the youngest guard to record 20-20-10 stat-line and joins Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.
RJ Barrett became the first Canadian basketball player to record a triple-double at the NCAA level in nearly 35 years during his lone freshman season with the Duke Blue Devils.
The OKC Thunder continue their playoff push with their 18 victory in the last 25 games and currently sit in 7th place in the western conference.
The Canadian guard is currently averaging 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists — shooting 46.4% from the floor, 33.6% from three-pointers and 81.6% from the foul-line while turning the ball over just 1.9 per game.
Canada NBA All-Star Drought
The 2020 NBA All-star game in Chicago is less than month away and as it currently stands, Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t currently rank as one the top fan vote earners in a guard heavy western conference. Nevertheless, the Canadian stud could end Canada’s eight year NBA all-star game drought by earning a coach’s selection.
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