Paul Pierce considering joining proposed Big Brother-style tournament
Fans might see Paul Pierce back on the court soon. In an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, the Boston Celtics legend mentioned that he is considering joining the recently announced basketball tournament proposed by Ice Cube’s BIG3 league.
So @PaulPierce34 says he may want in on @TheBig3's plan to quarantine 16 healthy players in a house, film them Big Brother-style, and have them compete for a seven-figure cash prize. @KendrickPerkins tries to talk him out of it 😂 cc: @IceCube pic.twitter.com/I67Bp7SJ8b
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 30, 2020
The BIG3 has partnered with the producers of the hit reality show ‘Big Brother’ and will quarantine 16 basketball players who will live under the same roof and compete in a three-week basketball tournament. The winner of the tournament will receive a seven-figure cash prize.
Anyone who breaks quarantine will be removed from the show and players and officials must test negative for COVID-19 before entering the BIG3 tournament and the house.
As for Pierce, the 42-year-old forward is likely a future Hall of Famer. The 6-foot-7 wing retired from the NBA in 2017 after 19 NBA seasons — 15 of which came with the Boston Celtics.
In his prime, Pierce was one of the most dangerous players in basketball, as he made 10 All-Star teams in 11 seasons from 2002-2012 and was named to an All-NBA team four times in his career.
Pierce also was a captain on the 2008 Celtics team that won the championship. He was named Finals MVP that season.
With the NBA, and most other professional and collegiate sports, currently nonexistent due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there has been a vacuum in the sports world. However, while Paul Pierce is in favor of the idea, his former teammate Kendrick Perkins stated that he is done with his playing career and tried to convince Pierce not to consider the BIG3 challenge.