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Paul Pierce is more than what the last few years have made him

Paul Pierce is known for a lot of things these days.

The, shall we say, interesting basketball takes he’s had involving the likes of LeBron James, Klay Thompson, and Dwyane Wade are what first come to mind. Getting fired from ESPN and then ranting about it does as well. He’s gotten flack for it all, whether on social media or even from his own colleagues.

You can try to recall the player he once was as a reminder of the respect he’s earned regardless of his hot takes, but it’s so easy to get distracted by the shortcomings of the last we saw of him on an NBA court and forget to go to the good stuff, mainly his years in Boston.