NBA Star Paul Pierce to Chronicle Final Season for Derek Jeter's The Players Tribune (Exclusive)
The Los Angeles Clippers forward tells THR that he will produce first-person essays, photos, videos, podcasts and more for the site, aiming to "document the memories" and "share the stories behind the stories" of his 19th and final season as a pro.
Paul Pierce, the veteran basketball star who made his name with the Boston Celtics and currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, will chronicle the remainder of his 19th and final NBA season in multimedia fashion for Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune website.
The TPT website, which was the subject of a 2015 THR cover story and which recently raised $40 million in series C financing and launched a podcast network, will unveil a Pierce-devoted section of its website called "I Called Game" on Thursday afternoon. On it, Pierce personally will contribute first-person essays and post photo galleries, video features, social activations and podcast conversations with important figures from his life and career, on and off the hardwood.
Pierce, who "interned" at New York-based TPT last summer, sitting in on staff meetings and pitching ideas, also announced his retirement plans on the site, which provides a forum for athletes to address their fans without a third-party filter.
"Before the start of the season, I made the toughest decision of my life and announced my retirement from the game of basketball," Pierce tells THR. "The last 18 years of my life have been filled with so many unbelievable moments, I wanted to create something that would document the memories and capture these last games as an NBA player. I am excited to work with The Players' Tribune to share the stories behind the stories, the emotions of the experience, saying goodbye and looking towards the future."