Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan all retired this summer after outstanding careers in the NBA.
As if the early 2000s couldn't feel further away from fans who grew up watching basketball in that era, Paul Pierce has confirmed that 2016/17 will be his final campaign.
The Truth, alongside Garnett, was part of the Boston Celtics' 'big three' that had some legendary battles with the L.A. Lakers and won a title in 2008. He was MVP during that series as the Beantown organisation completely dominated the famous Purple and Gold.
Now with the L.A. Clippers, and former Boston coach Doc Rivers, the 38-year-old played a solid role in the rotation at the Staples Center as he averaged 6.1 points per 18.1 minutes on the court.
He played fewer minutes per night than ever before, meaning all of his averages had decreased, but the most obvious sign his time was coming to an end was the decline in his shooting. He produced a career-low 36.3 percent from the field and was 31 percent from behind the arc.
In his post on The Players' Tribune, the forward feels he has one more opportunity to win a championship, stating: "With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship."