Legendary Paul Pierce leaves court with a career full of memories

The moments stack up, like books that have no room on a full bookshelf, detailing the 19-year Hall of Fame career of Paul Pierce.

  • The game he dropped 41 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.
  • The playoff triple-double (32 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) against the New Jersey Nets.
  • The several one-on-one battles with LeBron James.
  • The bizarre time he was taken off the court in a wheelchair with 6:52 left in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 Finals. It looked like Pierce was hurt so badly that he wouldn’t be able to return. But he came running back to the bench from the locker room with 5:30 left in the third quarter.

Those Pierce memories range from funny to serious, and sometimes both funny and serious at the same time such as the day his winning shot for the Washington Wizards went in off the glass against the Atlanta Hawks two seasons ago.

Asked if he called bank, Pierce said, “I called game.”