NBA All-Star and future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce has announced that he will be retiring after the 2016-2017 season. The 38-Year-old will end his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he has been since 2015. He spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He won his first and only championship (so far) with them in 2008.
“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 opportunity,” he wrote in a letter for ThePlayersTribune. “We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.”
Pierce is giving it one more year than his former teammate Kevin Garnett, who announced his retirement this past weekend.
In an accompanying video Pierce admits that his body is breaking down but this is his best shot at winning a second title.
“You can’t play forever. This is a young man’s game and as I get older and not being able to be as efficient, the signs are there.”