Paul Pierce never holds anything back, and that includes his most recent comments on the controversial Kevin Durant decision.
Paul Pierce comes from a different era when the NBA’s stars weren’t all friends and loyalty to the team who drafted you meant something. There was no way he was going to agree with Kevin Durant‘s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the rival Golden State Warriors.
The 39-year-old future Hall of Famer made it clear on the day of KD’s infamous announcement that he didn’t approve of the decision when he took a shot at Durant via Twitter.
If u can't beat um join um ?
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 4, 2016
Pierce wasn’t done there. During an appearance on Sirius XM Sattelite Radio, he went after Durant again for bailing on his former team. This time saying that Durant’s generation lacks the competitiveness that Pierce’s had.
“I could have left Boston years ago, but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you’re that close as a competitor, you don’t go join the team that just pushed you out. That’s just me personally, but we’re living in a day and time where it’s a new generation. Guys I don’t think [are] as hungry or as competitive as my generation was, and that’s why you’ll probably see more of that.”
Pierce obviously isn’t alone in how he feels. The only difference is none of the other guys in the league want to say it. But he’s already announced that he’ll be retiring at the end of the season (as a Boston Celtic of course), and Durant’s just going to have to live with it.
It’s Paul Pierce. This is what he does.