Retired professional basketball player Paul Pierce is our cynosure for today. Paul Pierce ended his 19 long years NBA career when he called it quit at the end of the 2016/2017 season. He played for four NBA teams during the course of his career, most of which he spent playing for the Boston Celtics. The ten times NBA All-Star player is only ranked sixth among NBA players by total career regular-season three-point field goals made (2,143), among other records and achievements. Following Peirce’s retirement, Boston Celtics then retired his number 34 jersey which he wore in his time with them.
Paul Pierce Biography
Paul Pierce was born on October 13, 1977, as Paul Anthony Pierce in Oakland, California to a single mum Lorraine Hosey. He was raised along with his two half-brothers, Jamel Hosey and Steve Hosey. His family moved to Inglewood where attended Inglewood high school with his half-brothers. Lorraine Hosey encouraged her kids to participate in sports activities while in high school. Jamal played hoops for Inglewood high, and it earned him a scholarship to Wyoming. Paul’s other half-brother rather opted for baseball. Paul’s own choice of sport is more of history today.
When Paul enrolled at Inglewood high school in 1991. He had an issue with his weight. He could only make the bench of the team. Though he had the talents, according to Sentinels team coach Pat Roy, he didn’t just look good on the court because of his stature. His opportunity to start came when a majority of the team’s senior players went on vacation. Paul grabbed the opportunity with both hands and until his days with Sentinels were over, he never let the first-team spot go. He impressed his coach on his first start, scoring 12 points, getting 7 rebounds, and helping bring back the Sentinels from a 17-point deficit all by himself. When the senior starter’s returned from vacation, it was their turn to watch Paul from the sidelines. He won the 1995 California player of the year and was also named a McDonald’s All-American. He received offers to play hoops for several colleges across the nation for teams like UCLA but Paul chose not to be far from home, so he chose to attend Kansas University, where he majored in crime studies.
During his time at Kansas University, he played for the Jayhawks. In the 1996/1997 season, Paul helped Jayhawks achieve a feat it has never reached, for the first time in history, Kansas was ranked number one in the country. He, however, left the University in 1998 to join the NBA draft.
Boston Celtics could only count their stars during the draftings. The first ten teams to draft all failed to recognize Paul’s talent, as it left Paul embarrassed, sitting in the room and watching the smaller players being picked, owing to the fact that he was the best small forward in that room. Paul was a Los Angeles resident, and they are accustomed to haters of the Boston Celtics, so being picked by Boston Celtics in the draft was not exciting to him, nor was it a dream come through for him. He has grown up loving the Lakers.
He kicked off his professional NBA career with Boston Celtics in 1998 and spent 15 years with them. During his time at Boston Celtics, he played as a small forward and wore the number 34 jersey. He led his team to the playoffs in 2002, which was Boston Celtic’s first in seven years. He made the all-star team five times in a roll when he was included in the all-star team in each season between 2002 and 2006. In 2008, Paul Pierce was named NBA final MVP after he helped guard Boston Celtics to the 2008 championship title, the only NBA championship he won in the course of his career, defeating a Kobe Bryant-inspired LA Lakers.
After the end of the 2012/2013 season, Paul Pierce made the decision to leave Boston Celtics. And on July 12, 2013, the deal was completed and Paul was then a Brooklyn Nets player. But Pierce spent just one season with the Nets. The following season, he signed for Washington Wizards on a two years deal. Again, he spent a season with the Wizards before moving back home to Los Angeles, signing a three years deal with his final NBA team, LA Clippers in 2015.
On September 26, 2016, Paul Pierce announced to the world that the 2016/2017 season was going to be his final season playing basketball. On April 30, 2017, Pierce played his final NBA game for LA Clippers against Utah Jazz.
Paul Pierce played for the United States national team, he participated in the 2002 FIBA world championships. He was also called up for the 2006 FIBA world championship but couldn’t feature because of injury.
Family, Wife, Kids
Paul is married to Julie Pierce. Julie was born on February 24, 1983, in Saint Louis, Missouri. She is an interior designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and businesswoman. Julie went to parkway central high school and also attended the fashion institute of technology.
The couple started dating in 2005 and eventually got married in 2010. They have 3 kids together. First is their daughter, Prianna Lee Pierce, She was born on April 4, 2008. The second is another girl, Adrian Pierce, born in 2011. And the third is their son, Prince Paul Pierce, born April 2, 2013.
Paul Pierce Net Worth
After a lengthy and successful NBA career, Paul’s net worth rounds up to about $70million. Before the end of his career in 2017, Paul was said to earn approximately $22 million per year, which includes $6 million from endorsements. He was also listed as the 240th best-paid NBA player for the year.
Paul stands at 6’7” (201cm) tall.
He weighs 235Ibs (107kg).
Won the NBA championship in 2008 with Boston Celtics.
Won the NBA final MVP in 2008.
He has made the NBA all-star team ten times.
He scored 28,861 points (21.5 points per game).
He had 8865 rebounds (6.6 rebounds per game).
He gave 4836 assists (3.6 assists per game).