The last feather put in a great NBA player's cap is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh both have been named as finalists to the 2021 Class. Pierce is best known for his stint with the Celtics and Bosh for his time with the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat. Pierce was asked about his thoughts on a segment of ESPN's The Jump.
“That's the end game for all, end all be all for a basketball player to have their name [inducted into the Hall of Fame] even having my name on the rafters of Boston I thought was enough, but then to get into the Hall of Fame if I was to get in there that's just the end of the story book,” Pierce said. “And it's forever and I'm greatly honored just to be mentioned.”
When Bosh was asked in another segment of The Jump, he was at a loss for words.
“Words can't really describe… I mean I'm actually speechless. This doesn't happen much, but I'm so appreciative,” Bosh stated. “Everything I've tried to give to the game of basketball and everything that basketball has done for me I mean it's amazing…I'm just so appreciative and so thankful just for the opportunity to play the game and all those who helped me get here.”
Chris Bosh also mentioned how he still wished to be playing today. He was a franchise player in Toronto, but he had to drastically change his game when he played alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami during the era of the Big Three that succeeded during their tenure. On the other hand, Paul Pierce was one of the best scorers of his day and had a knack for hitting big shots. Bosh and Pierce have three championships between them.