Paul Pierce – put the pipe down!
July 29, 2008
As the NBA summer league kicks into full gear and players begin to look towards next season it seems that some NBA stars have been hitting the rock a bit too hard and running their mouth to the media. Case-in-point: Paul Pierce’s latest interview while doing a hoops camp in Madrid:
“Q: Is Kobe really the best player in the world? Pierce: I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.” (thanks to the yahoo hoops blog “Ball Don’t Lie” for this gem)
Seriously? I mean, Pierce, a ten-year veteran of the league with one ring and ZERO MVP’s to his name has the audacity to challenge the best man to step on the court since Jordan? Granted, Kobe has two more years of league experience (because he was NBA-ready straight out of high school, unlike a certain aforementioned Kansas Jayhawk) but he also has two more rings, four more finals appearances, and a nice little trophy that says “Most Valuable Player” on it. What exactly does Pierce have? An NBA finals MVP award? Congrats Paul, you played well for 6 games, but may not have even been the MVP of the Celts over the full season (KG anyone?). Add to this that Pierce is the most pathetic, injury-faking baby in the NBA (we all saw him crying like a small child while being hauled off the court by teammates, only to “miraculously” return and start banging threes) and you have the makings for the NBA’s most over-hyped player, perhaps, but certainly not the greatest. Pierce needs to eat a slice of humble pie, kiss the rings (yes, once again, ringS – plural) and recognize how a true champion reps himself. As my man Kobe says: “What I’m doing right now, I’m chasing perfection.”