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Paul Pierce wants to play one year in Europe before he retires

Aug 19, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Pierce_leaning.jpgIf you talk to Mychal Thompson — the former No. 1 overall pick who may be best known for being part of the back-to-back champion Showtime Lakers — he speaks glowingly about his time playing in Greece.

A lot of players do, they like the overseas experience.

Paul Pierce wants that experience and told Comcast New England (via CelticBlog) that’s how he wants to end his career.

“As far as retiring from the NBA, I think I will be done after this contract because eventually I want to go overseas and play and live for a couple of years. That’s why this is a big contract for me, knowing I’m going to retire a Boston Celtic. I want to go to either Italy or Greece for a year. I think I want to be able to bring my family over to just kind of share a different experience overseas for a couple of years, before I settle into retirement.”

Pierce signed a deal this summer to play three more years as a Celtic, with an option for a fourth. That means he would be age 36 or 37 when he went to play in Greece or Italy. His game might not be the same then, but he’d be a draw and could still knock down shots.

Plus, that would be fun to follow. Pierce loose in the Greek islands… yea, that would be fun.

  1. Filipe - Aug 19, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    European play might be good for 36 year old Pierce. It’s 2 games a week and he would average something between 20-25 minutes a night only. Very good for his old knees.
    Also, Kobe has often talk about playing in Italy a couple of seasons before retiring and his contract is up at the same time as Pierce, so maybe we can get Kobe vs Truth geriatric scoring battle in the 2015 Euroleague season, that would be fun.

  2. mac - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    All that + he probably want to get paid. And he’d get a nice one year contract in Europe

  3. D - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Hasn’t Pierce, who was admittedly a Lakers fan growing up, already played enough “overseas” (i.e. Boston)?

  4. C - Aug 20, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    Greece is waiting for Paul, come anytime:)

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