LA Clippers' Pierce calls time on his 19-year career
LOS Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce confirmed on Monday he will retire from basketball at the end of the season after nearly two decades in the NBA.
Pierce, who turns 39 next month, said on The Players Tribune website he hoped to sign off after 19 seasons with a championship.
He joined the Clippers last year after spending the bulk of his career at the Boston Celtics, which included an NBA Championship in 2008.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers had hinted Pierce was leaning towards extending his contract earlier this month, insisting the player known as "The Truth" could still play a role for the team.
"If I don't think they can play, then I tell them that. But I think Paul can play," Rivers said. Pierce said he planned to savour each moment of his final year in the sport.
"It's hard to believe I'll be playing in each arena for the last time," he said.
"I'm going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I'm going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal."