Paul Pierce Criticizes Kevin Durant for Leaving Thunder: 'I Stuck It Out'

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistOctober 13, 2016
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm

Paul Pierce chimes in on KD's decision to sign with GSW (via @hoopshype): https://t.co/nZwAil1bEF https://t.co/0VwQGFbTNp

Paul Pierce is not a fan of Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

The 39-year-old—who lucked out when the Boston Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in 2007—took a stab at the star forward when he announced his decision in July:

Paul Pierce @paulpierce34

If u can't beat um join um 🤔

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Pierce criticized Durant for jumping ship to the team that bested his Thunder in a seven-game Western Conference Finals:

I could have left Boston years ago, but I stuck it out. I just feel like when you're that close as a competitor, you don't go join the team that just pushed you out. That's just me personally, but we're living in a day and time where it's a new generation. Guys I don't think [are] as hungry or as competitive as my generation was, and that's why you'll probably see more of that.

When asked about Boston's star-studded trio, Pierce declared trades the sanctimonious path to success.

"That's how you build teams," he said, in contrast to Durant's using his free-agent leverage to pick his preferred place of employment.

Pierce plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, who are now stuck behind Durant's Warriors, competing for the Western Conference's No. 2 seed.

Funny how that works.

[SiriusXM NBA Radio, h/t Jon Hamm via Hoops Hype's Jorge Sierra]