Paul Pierce traveled to China for the NBA’s annual 5v5 tournament this past weekend, and while he was there, the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer figured he would troll Brandon Jennings once more.
Jennings signed with the Shanxi Brave Dragons in July after eight NBA seasons playing for five teams, including four stops since undergoing surgery on his torn left Achilles tendon in January 2015. So, Pierce, one of the league’s premier trash-talkers over the past two decades, went looking for Jennings:
This was no friendly gesture. This was Pierce relishing in Jennings being relegated to China.
Why would a 10-time All-Star and one of the NBA’s 15 most prolific scorers concern himself with a journeyman who has shot less than 40 percent for his career? Funny you should ask. In the hours after Pierce played the final game of a 19-year career, rightfully receiving a parade of praise from his NBA brethren, Jennings instead took to Twitter to call the 2008 Finals MVP’s resume into question:
Jennings was under the impression that Pierce had requested a farewell tour for his 2017 retirement, because Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green had suggested as much in February, but that was not the case, and really only the Boston Celtics paid tribute to his 15 years of service in green.
Jennings realized the error of ways, deleting the tweet, and eventually issuing this apology on Twitter:
I take that back 19 seasons is killer!!! Shout out "The Truth" salute
— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) May 1, 2017
But Pierce never forgot.
A couple weeks later, when Jennings tweeted that he would be spending an afternoon on New York City’s West Fourth Street Courts, Pierce said on ESPN’s “The Jump,” “Man, he needs to stay there. The way he performed in the playoffs this year, he might as well just go all year round on Fourth Street.”
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) May 19, 2017
That was quite the roast of a guy who averaged 2.8 points off the bench for the Washington Wizards during a playoff run this past spring that ended in a loss to the Celtics. And Pierce wasn’t done yet.
When Sporting News writer Jordan Heck pointed out a pair of headlines a couple headlines two months apart — “Paul Pierce tells Brandon Jennings to keep playing basketball outside the NBA” and “Brandon Jennings accepts one-year deal to play for China Shanxi” — Pierce reveled in the news:
That's wat happens when talk down on the Truth
— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 28, 2017
Man, The Truth really does hurt.
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