Paul Pierce is ready for His Second Ring
In the 2007-2008 NBA season, Paul Pierce emerged as a star. Previously, he had been known as a pretty good player on a pretty bad team. At times, he had great seasons and led the Boston Celtics to the playoffs, but he never led the team far.
During the offseason of 2007, the Boston Celtics signed Ray Allen and traded for Kevin Garnett. All of those players were in similar positions as Pierce and were known for some of the same qualities.
Separately, they were not much, but together, they were contenders. Quickly, the Celtics became the best team in the league, posting a record of 66-16. For years, Paul Pierce was the leader of the team, but with two other stars on the team, Pierce emerged as the true leader.
In the playoffs, he led the Boston Celtics to series wins over the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Detroit Pistons. The Celtics, led by Paul Pierce, ended up going to the NBA Finals to face off against the MVP, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant was known as the best player in the NBA, but it was Pierce that officially emerged as a star. Bryant was still the most-gifted scorer on the floor, but Paul proved that he could score, too. He also proved that he was a great defender, often shutting Bryant down.
In the end, the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship and Paul Pierce was awarded the NBA Finals MVP Award. Coming into the 2008-2009 season, the Celtics were still looked at favorites to again win the championship. However, when Kevin Garnett, went down with an injury, the team fell behind the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Still, during the season, Paul Pierce took up more of the slack while Garnett was down. He led the team to the second seed in the East, but he was surprised a bit by the rookie, Derrick Rose. He found a more gifted scorer than himself and Pierce found himself a bit too old to chase him down.
Narrowly, the Celtics defeated Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls in the first round. But, in the second round, nothing could be done to save the Boston Celtics from the tough, three-point shooting, Orlando Magic proved to be too much for the C’s.
Now, the team that won the 2008 NBA Championship will be back together and many see them as favorites to win the 2010 NBA title. Paul Pierce has led through the good times and the bad times, 2008 was good times, 2009 was bad times, but Pierce was there. With the right people around him, Paul Pierce can win his second ring this season.