If Paul Pierce, Mr. Los Angeles, managed to make his way onto the Lakers instead of the Celtics… and Kobe Bryant were the long-suffering player who is making it to his first Finals…. the media would be blowing Pierce while we sat here and made "he's a Hall of Famer" arguments for Kobe.
Unfortunately for Paul, this IS his first finals. And thankfully for us, we weren't subjected to Kobe Bryant for 10 years. But the sad fact for The Truth is that the decisions of management past had forced the Celtics into media obscurity… and Paul's accomplishments… achieved with virtually no help… have been dismissed by the public as a whole.
When all is said and done, Paul Pierce WILL be a Hall of Famer… especially after he gets his ring this year.
Paul Pierce is one of the greatest scorers in Boston Celtics history. He's on a pace to challenge John Havlicek as the team's all-time leading scorer.
Paul will turn 31 at the beginning of next season. His scoring dipped a little this season, but even if he plays 5 more years scoring as much as he did this season, his career total will be between 24,000 and 25,000. That would put him in the top 15 all time. If he could continue another season or two… he could conceivably challenge Havlicek's 26,395. That's not just Hall of Fame territory… that's first-ballot territory.
By contrast… I'm pretty sure Scottie Pippen is going to get into the Hall of Fame… and he's not even at 19,000 career points. But because he rode the coattails of the greatest player ever to 6 rings… he'll get in. But Paul Pierce… often with no help and in deplorable situations (a.k.a. The Rick Pitino Era)… showed up and played. He was nearly killed in September of 2000, yet he didn't miss a single game of the 2000-01 AND 2001-02 seasons (and, oh by the way, averaged 25 and 26 points a game).
Paul PIerce has Hall of Fame heart… and credentials. People around the country are finally starting to see it. And when the Celtics give him a ring this year… there will be no denying it.