The NBA is going to look a lot different as we’re losing some of our most beloved stars.  Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett all retired, making last season their final NBA season; now Paul Pierce has announced that he’s hanging up his jersey as well, but he’s giving us one more year.

Pierce wrote this message on The Player’s Tribune:

This is it, my final season.

It’s time to move on from the game of basketball.

Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.

With the Clippers, in the city where I grew up, I feel like I have that opportunity on a great team. We’re hungry. We want to win a championship.

After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time. So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal

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