The Truth is reportedly set to join the Worldwide Leader.
Paul Pierce has been ESPN's NBA analyst you most want to listen to during the NBA Finals. The now-retired star forward called Kevin Durant the best player in the league (over LeBron) and said before Game 4 the Cavs had a zero percent chance of winning (they won). While some of his statements have been flat-out wrong, he's often been thoughtful and direct and it's been refreshing to watch.
As of now, Pierce is just working as a part-time analyst, but that's going to change.
ESPN is expected to hire the former Boston Celtics great as a full-time analyst before the 2017-18 season.
The partnership has been a success. Pierce, a future Hall of Famer, has added edge and additional bona fides to Countdown and well as the Rachel Nichols-led The Jump afternoon show. ESPN executives have been so impressed by Pierce’s work that they have let him know they are interested in bringing him in fulltime for the 2017-18 season. Pierce said he and his reps will sit down with ESPN executives after the Finals but this is something he wants. Nothing is official but take this one to Vegas: Next year’s fulltime NBA Countdown group will be Michele Beadle, Chauncey Billups, Jalen Rose, and Pierce.
“I can work in LA, which is where I am from, and I am already used to people at the network after working with them the last two years,” said Pierce, in an interview earlier this week. “And Beadle makes everyone feel comfortable. It just feels natural to me talking hoops and analyzing the game. I feel like I have been doing it forever.”
Game 5 of the NBA Finals is set for 9 p.m. E.T. on ABC tonight.