11 things about Paul Pierce joining the Wizards


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This is not an analysis of the Paul Pierce signing. Someone else will provide that. This is trivia.

1) Newest Wizard Paul Pierce currently ranks 18th in scoring in NBA history. That means that four of the league’s 18 most prolific all-time scorers will have played for Washington: No. 3 Michael Jordan, No. 7 Moses Malone, No. 8 Elvin Hayes and now Pierce. Only Hayes, though, accomplished that feat while still in his 20s.

2) Ah yes, the age thing. Pierce is 36. Andre Miller is 38. That made them two of the league’s 14 oldest players last season. And several names on that list are unlikely to play next season. Of course, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are also on that list, and they add up to 73 years of greatness.

3) Here’s Pierce, talking about the Wizards in March:

“They’re good,” Paul Pierce said of the Wizards after the Nets failed to make a field goal over the final 6:22 and allowed Washington to close the game on a 14-3 run. “They’re coming into their own. They’re growing up right before our eyes.

“You’ve seen their struggles over the years, and John Wall has matured as a player, obviously, becoming an all-star this year and taking on more responsibilities and becoming a leader for this ball club. That’s what the Washington Wizards have been waiting on, and you’re seeing it.”

4) You want to go crazy? You do? Are you sure? Buckled in?

5) Pierce’s new teammates quickly chimed in.

6) Pierce has spent the past few days playing in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event. Via ESPN.com:

According to ESPN.com’s poker expert Andrew Feldman, Pierce finished in around 800th place. The top 693 finishers get paid.

Nevertheless, Pierce has nothing to be ashamed of. This year’s tournament field featured 6,683 entrants, and the future Hall of Fame forward, who played last season with the Brooklyn Nets, nearly made it to Day 4 in the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.

Pierce was ousted in tough fashion. He went all-in with a board of A-J-3-6-4. Pierce held A-4, two pair, but his opponent, after thinking for a few minutes, called and showed A-J, top two pair.

As The Post’s David Malitz noted, nothing bad has ever happened to a card-playing gambling-loving high-scoring Wizards star.

7) Being a first choice is overrated.

8) This does not hurt the chances of a Wizards-Cavs rivalry reigniting. Recall this quote from the peak of the James-Pierce rivalry:

“[Pierce] is the closest thing to a rival, if LeBron has one,” Dwyane Wade said. “They make it tough on each other.”

And this:

“I would say that I don’t really have an individual rivalry. I think the closest would be Paul Pierce,” James said.

Pierce faced James for the fifth time in seven postseasons this spring.

“I think it is more of a basketball thing,” Pierce said before the Nets’ shootaround prior to Game 1, when asked if there is any dislike between him and James. “We are aiming for the same prize and only one of you can get it, you know? I mean, it’s going to be a dislike there,” Pierce continued. “That’s nothing that has carried over off the court. I think everything — the dislike for me, LeBron, or Miami or Cleveland — it’s all based on what we are both chasing, and that is about it.”

9) Pierce can still shoot it a little bit.

10) Sorry, I still can’t get past the age thing. One more bit of trivia: Paul Pierce was once teammates with Pervis Ellison. So was Bernard King. That’s weird.

11) Oh, and Pierce himself had the final word early Sunday morning.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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