Paul Pierce said that the 2015-16 season will “probably” be his last if the Clippers win the 2016 NBA Championship.
Pierce signed a three-year deal in June, and insisted that he’ll play any role that would help the Clippers win a title.
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PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — Paul Pierce says his 18th professional season will be his last if his new team, the Los Angeles Clippers, wins the 2016 NBA championship next June.
“If we win this year — win a championship — I’ll probably be done with basketball, just to be honest,” Pierce said at Clippers media day Friday. “It would be a dream — to be home, to be able to carry the championship trophy down Manchester Boulevard — it would be a dream come true. I’m excited for this moment.”
Though championship parades in Los Angeles tend to follow a route several miles north of Pierce’s choice of Manchester Boulevard through his native Inglewood, the veteran forward emphasized that his intangible contributions to the Clippers will be as valuable as any on-court production.
“I think I can bring an attitude,” Pierce said. “Some teams just need a personality adjustment. I can help in that department. I think with the guys we picked up, I can really help in that department. I think to win in this league, you have to have a certain nastiness to you, a certain attitude.”