On Saturday, Pierce’s likeness will join the collection of other greats of the game in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
It’s easy for Celtics fans to understand why Pierce is heading to Springfield, but outside of Boston, he is not seen in such a positive light. The Celtics finally surrounded him with some additional star power by adding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and Pierce had no issue with giving Garnett the top of the totem pole. With new running mates that were also destined for Springfield, Pierce and the Celtics were off and running.
But whether it was LeBron in Cleveland, LeBron in Miami, Kobe in Los Angeles or any of the other superstars of the league, Pierce was always going to give them one heck of a fight.