Paul Pierce headlines Naismith Hall of Fame class of 2021


Throughout Kevin Garnett’s induction speech into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame yesterday, KG thanked Paul Pierce and mentioned, “I anticipate to see you up right here subsequent yr.”

Now, the Captain will formally be part of him.

Paul Pierce headlines the category of 2021 that additionally contains fellow gamers Chris Webber and Chris Bosh, however he received’t be the one Celtics legend within the constructing. Invoice Russell may also be inducted as a head coach, the primary African American coach of the NBA and a two-time champion as a player-coach in 1968 and 1969. Becoming a member of them may also be present Celtics play-by-play announcer, Mike Gorman. Gorman is a 2021 recipient of the Curt Gowdy Award, largely to his practically 40 years within the Boston broadcast sales space with Tommy Heinsohn at his aspect.

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For Paul Pierce, his first poll nomination is a no brainer. His resume speaks for itself: 10-time All-Star, 4-time All-NBA, second all-time main scorer, third all-time in video games and minutes performed, and all-time most threes, free throws and steals.

Nonetheless, The Reality’s lasting achievement in inexperienced was hanging Banner 17 within the rafters because the 2008 NBA Finals MVP.

The 2021 induction ceremony will likely be on September eleventh.


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