Paul Pierce has made plenty of hot takes since he retired and became an analyst, and his most recent one was all-that, but with a self-centered spin.
Pierce might be one of the top 100 players of all time, but he was never a guy that could carry a team of supporting players, without another star, such as LeBron James and Michael Jordan, for example.
Luka Doncic has already shown the ability to do that as well, and even though he’s yet to win a playoff series, what he singlehandedly did to the Clippers earlier in the year was noteworthy, and he’s in the running to win MVP this season.
As for Pierce, well, he recently praised Doncic. The way he did so was a bit unorthodox, though, as the former Celtics star compared the Mavs forward to himself, because of course he did.
“He got a lot of me in him,” Pierce said on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “Seriously though. It looks slow & lethargic, but he always gets there. He’s a better passer, but as far as scoring ability, me & him got a lot in common.”
"He got a lot of me in him. Seriously though. It looks slow & lethargic, but he always gets there. He's a better passer, but as far as scoring ability, me & him got a lot in common."
Paul Pierce sees a bit of himself in Luka Doncic.
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— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 8, 2021
Twitter had plenty to say about it.
Paul Pierce had 19 seasons to make the All-NBA first team, or get his name on an MVP ballot. Never did either. Luka did them both in year two.
— Josh Eberley🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) January 8, 2021
Sophomore Luka > any version of Paul Pierce https://t.co/R2SI0AHXng
— ⁶ °𝓖𝓪𝓰𝓮💯🔥🏀 (@BooneGage) January 8, 2021
Paul Pierce on Luka: He reminds me of me
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— BasketballontheBrain 🧠 (@1Guy1Basket) January 8, 2021
There are a lot of other comps for Luka — not involving Pierce. The analyst side of him should probably explore those in the future.