Veteran NBA forward Paul Pierce has announced that the upcoming 2016-2017 season will be his last in the league. He broke the news through an article on the Players’ Tribune that first appeared on Monday morning.
“This is it, my final season,” Pierce wrote. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. 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.”
Despite spending the majority of his professional career as a member of the Boston Celtics, Pierce noted that the Los Angeles Clippers are the perfect organization for him to retire with.
“With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.”
Pierce is likely to be selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame once he eventually becomes eligible for induction following his retirement. He will enter his final season 24th on the NBA’s all-time win shares list and 19th all-time in points scored. As long as he remains relatively healthy this season, the longtime NBA veteran is likely to move up even further on those lists ahead of his retirement.
“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.”