Paul Pierce is an NBA veteran that knows more about the game of basketball than any of us can ever dream of.
'The Truth' spent the first 15 years of his career as a Boston Celtic before moving to the Brooklyn Nets in a trade last year and left the Big Apple in free agency this year to join the Washington Wizards.
In fact, Pierce has been around long enough to have experienced two lockouts in the National Basketball Association. Pierce was in the league for the 1998 lockout that wiped out four months of the league’s schedule and the 2011 labor stoppage by the owners that wiped out nearly two months of the season.
During an interview with David Aldridge of NBA.com, Pierce threw some shade at the National Basketball Players Association.
In a hypothetical discussion about what he will tell his son about his career, Pierce said:
“I’m gonna tell him dad was a hard worker. But he’s gonna be in the new generation—I don’t want to hear none of that. But that’s all right. I’m gonna have this for you, just in case you want to go back to the library, or to the office, I’m gonna show you, son. You’ve gotta beat this now. No pressure on him.
“Actually, I want him to be a baseball player. They’ve got a better union.”
Pierce may well have a point here. The league has just negotiated itself a bumper new deal for Television rights that will see them pocket $24 billion dollars in the next nine years.
And it seems like the new NBPA executive director Michele Roberts will have a lot on her hands as the league wants to bring in a salary cap rise slowly rather than all at once.
With all this in mind, both Deron Williams - Pierce's former teammate - and LeBron James have both suggested that a new lockout could be looming and the players' won't let the owners try and play poor anymore in an era where teams are being bought for $2 billion dollars.
So if the players don't get what they want, well Paul Pierce Jr will be wearing pinstripes rather than basketball shorts.