Black_Kryptonian wrote:I agree about the "surrounded by talent" part, but Pierce carried the other members of the Big 3 for a good portion of the playoffs. He went from being a very good scorer to being a nearly great all-around player due to his defense and willingness to give up the ball. The talent around him might've precipitated those adjustments, but he did them nevertheless with no complaints.
Oh, I agree that he stepped his game up on defense and giving up the ball.. but the way they were talking him up post-game on ESPN was just ridiculous. Paul Pierce is a very good player, but I wouldn't put him in that "great" category with guys like Kobe, LeBron, KG, etc.