Keep in mind: The other day, Mickael Pietrus told reporters he wasn’t going to play against the Atlanta Hawks even though he’d known all day he was going to play. Players can have their fun with reporters.
But this isn’t my idea of fun. Paul Pierce told the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett, maybe jokingly, maybe not, that he might retire after this season.
“Well, I figure this might be my last time anyway going to Jersey,” Pierce said before last night’s 84-79 loss to the Raptors. “This could be my last year playing.”
He then laughed, making it seem he was perhaps kidding. But he didn’t step back when asked about it further.
“You never know, man,” Pierce said. “I don’t know. I’ve got to preserve my body for the rest of my life.”
Hit with the basic John McEnroeline — you cannot be serious — he shook his head.
“I don’t know,” said the second-leading scorer in Celtics history. “I’ve thought about it. I don’t know. I’ve got to see how my summer goes with my kids.”
I’ll shave a mural of Mark Blount into the side of my head if The Truth retires after this season. It’s not happening. Not when he’s owed $17 million next season. Not with the way he’s playing.
P.S. — If the Celtics somehow managed to win a title and then the Big Three all retired together on top, that would actually be pretty awesome.