Paul Pierce officially joins ESPN as analyst
Get ready for more hot takes from Paul Pierce, Celtics fans.
In an interview with Jackie MacMullen, the Truth confirmed that he has joined ESPN full-time as an analyst. The move had long been rumored, but after signing his one-day contract with Celtics on Monday, Pierce drove to Bristol, Connecticut to ink his contract with the Worldwide Leader.
After working the NBA Finals for ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” show the past two seasons, Pierce will reportedly serve as an in-studio analyst, though he hopes to join a broadcasting team.
“I’d like to do both,” Pierce told MacMullen. “That’s why I signed the contract with Boston today. The minute I sign with ESPN, I’m officially retired.'”
According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, ESPN has long coveted Pierce’s on-air persona. The company approached him about a job last summer and again at the All-Star break in February. He sounded quite interested when addressing the possibility of a full-time ESPN position in June.
“I can work in L.A., which is where I am from, and I am already used to people at the network after working with them the last two years,” Pierce told Deitsch. “And Beadle makes everyone feel comfortable. It just feels natural to me talking hoops and analyzing the game. I feel like I have been doing it forever.”
Pierce, whose No. 34 will be retired by the team that drafted him 19 years ago, is not shy in front of the camera, and his candor is refreshing. Last season, he famously wore his 2008 championship ring to Game 7 and said, “What pressure does LeBron have in a game 7? He doesn’t have to face me tonight.”
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This year he stole headlines again when he proclaimed Kevin Durant, and not LeBron James, the best player in the world.
A 10-ten All-Star, there’s no question that Pierce made an impact on the court – now he’s ready to make an impact off it.
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