In a recent Twitter post, Boston Celtics icon Paul Pierce said, “The truth is that we don’t need everyone to like us; we need a few people to love us. Because what’s better than being roundly liked is being fully known – an impossibility both professionally and personally if you’re so busy being likable that you forget to be yourself “. Tweet Came after news came out that Paul Pierce is declared an inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, describing it as the highest honor for an NBA player.
6’7″ Celtics legend who grew up in Inglewood, Los Angeles, had been a 10-time All-Star and a four-time All-NBA pick with the Boston Celtics over his 19-year NBA career. As he worked his way through the league’s records, he ultimately had most of them on his side of the table. Pierce is one of his team’s finest players in terms of statistics. The 19-year NBA career of Pierce witnessed him play in Boston, New Jersey, Washington, and Los Angeles.
After retiring from NBA Basketball in 2017, Pierce has worked as an analyst for ESPN’s The Jump and NBA Countdown. Early this year, ESPN and Pierce split ways when the former Celtics player posted an obscene video to his Instagram account on the social media site.
Even though the Instagram live incident was a deal-breaker, Pierce claims that his professional relationship with the network has deteriorated in recent years. In an interview, Pierce states, “I was done with them anyway.”.
Since his split from media behemoth ESPN, Pierce has been outspoken about wrongful firing. And the latest tweet has been polarizing; while many had criticized ESPN for firing Pierce and fans have come up in support of Pierce with tweets like, “The Truth has been spoken,” “LOVE him calling out ESPN for their LeBron lust. He really is the truth”. Ahead of his induction into the NBA Hall of Fame, the Celtics legend is unapologetic about his past and optimistic about his future.