Paul Pierce is known for many good things over the course of his 19-year career in the NBA, earning ten All-Star appearances and winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Following his playing career, though, Pierce has become known for horrible takes as a member of the media.
That streak continued recently when the former Celtic said Tyler Herro didn’t deserve the nickname “Bucket” quite yet, noting that he needs to average “at least 20” before he can earn nicknames.
“He’s got a nice IQ and an array of moves, but I can’t call nobody a ‘bucket’ if you ain’t averaging at least 20 for the course of an NBA season,” Pierce said. “If you average 11, I can’t give you, “I’m a bucket.” You know what I’m saying? I can’t give you, “I’m a bucket” because you get a couple buckets on the big stage.”
Paul Pierce on Tyler Herro "I can’t call nobody a 'bucket' if you ain’t averaging at least 20…if you average 11 I can’t give you 'I’m a bucket'" pic.twitter.com/3X96aeQiJ8
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After knocking off the Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals and earning a spot in the NBA Finals, the former Kentucky star clapped back at Pierce in an interview on the Dan Le Batard Show.
“I averaged more than 11, first of all,” said Herro. “And I think I just averaged about 20 in the Eastern Conference finals.”
Tyler Herro has something to say to Paul Pierce ?? pic.twitter.com/ipDxCLRzfv
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To be exact, Herro averaged 19.2 points per contest to go with 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists while shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three, easily one of the Heat’s best players in the series.
His biggest performance came in Game 4 when the former Wildcat finished with 37 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win.
Now, Herro and the Heat are set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals, which begin Wednesday evening.
Good try, Mr. Pierce. “The Bucket” is, in fact, a bucket.