After losing in a decisive Game 7 last night, Paul Pierce is on the outside looking in of the Hall of Fame.
Playing his entire career for the Boston Celtics, he is a player that arguably at times was Top 5 in the league for many years, but after last nights loss to the Los Angeles Lakers he is on the outside.
Lacking that elusive second NBA Championship, Pierce at age 32 doesn't have much time to capture that title before he hangs them up. But there is always a counter-argument to every story.
Pierce, who grew up in Inglewood, California, was born on October 13, 1977, and attended Inglewood High School. He was cut from the varsity team his freshman and sophomore years, and even thought about transferring before he made the team his junior and senior season where he was the teams star.
After graduation, Pierce decided to attend Kansas University. After his junior year, he entered the NBA Draft and was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 10th overall selection.
Pierce has played his entire career for one team, arguably the best franchise in NBA history. He ranks 3rd all-time in scoring at 19,899 points, 9th all-time in rebounds with 5,417, 7th all-time with 3,402 assists, 2nd all-time in steals with 1,349, and 8th all-time in games played at 884.
The lone championship in Pierce's career came in the 2008 season when they beat the Los Angeles Lakers. Pierce was named the NBA Finals MVP for his stellar play.
At the end of the day, Paul Pierce maybe on the outside looking in, but has a few years left to get the job down. Looking forward, Pierce will continue to climb the all-time ranks of Celtic greats but needs to get that second NBA Championship in order to not be deemed as "lucky."