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The problem with Pierce is that the NBA is a rep league and once a player gets a certain rep, it's very hard to shake it.Before KG came on board and they won a title, Pierce had been cemented in a lot of people's minds as a guy who'd had a brief run at NBA relevance with 'Toine and then slid back to being a non-superstar. He was in the category with guys like Rashard Lewis, maybe at the top of that category but definitely not in the group a step above. Go back to 2007 and ask people "Pierce or Vince Carter" and most probably would have said VC, even though Pierce was the better player at both his peak and over time.Now, even thought he's got that ring, it's too easy for those old opinions to resurface.Mike
Here's hoping the torch is passed.Need a finals MVP, very good (to elite) defense, clutch shooting, good facilitator, and leadership added to his repertoire and Jason will be good to go.After last year's playoff run Tatum is well on his way. Keep working young fella. Make PP34 proud.
Quote from: GreenFaith1819 on August 10, 2018, 03:16:30 PMHere's hoping the torch is passed.Need a finals MVP, very good (to elite) defense, clutch shooting, good facilitator, and leadership added to his repertoire and Jason will be good to go.After last year's playoff run Tatum is well on his way. Keep working young fella. Make PP34 proud.If Jayson has half the heart Paul did, his career will be a massive success. Rightfully, props are given to Paul for his craftiness, world class foot work, and uncanny ability to draw fouls, but what people often overlook is the fact that he had the heart of a lion. He fully embraced taking the gutsy shots, guarding the best players, and if he's on your team you never feel like you're out of a game no matter what the point differential is. As a Celtics fan, seeing Pierce evolve as a player and person, through a ton of adversity, was an absolute joy. I'll never 1. like and respect a player more and 2. be happier for a player when they get to hoist a banner to the rafters. I really hope Jayson gets to experience that one day.