Longtime Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan once called Paul Pierce the best pure scorer in Boston Celtics history.
A statement that is incredibly loaded, as the Celtics are the NBA’s most storied franchise with offensive legends like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and John Havlicek needing to be mentioned in any conversation of the greatest Celtics ever.
However, it is also a statement that carries the weight of who Ryan was and is as the literary gatekeeper of Boston Celtics history
Larry H. Russell, now executive producer of CLNS Media, endeavored to create a documentary around this idea that Pierce was the most talented and complete scorer in the history of Boston Celtics basketball.
While at the time hosting Celtics Beat, Russell compiled a list of interviewees including Ryan, former general manager Chris Wallace, play-by-play man Sean Grande, Russell himself and narrated by Coach Nick. The documentary also features audio plucked from the likes of Pierce, Rick Pitino, Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett.
In three parts, Russell weaves the tale of Pierce from a No. 10 overall draft pick in 1998 through the tumultuous years with Pitino and Jim O’Brien, the stabbing incident, Pierce’s youthful immaturity and on to the Doc Rivers era and the salvation of the 2008 NBA title.
Now, on the eve of Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony, here is that documentary; Paul Pierce, The Best Pure Scorer in Celtics History.