Paul Pierce to join ESPN as analyst after retirement

Paul Pierce will join ESPN as a full-time analyst after retiring, reports Yahoo Sports' Ben Rohrbach.

Pierce, who recently signed a contract with the Boston Celtics to retire with the team, plans to join the ranks of many a retired star athlete with the World Wide Leader. Already a repeat guest on ESPN shows like The Jump and NBA Countdown, and will join Chauncey Billups, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose on Countdown.

Talking on the subject of becoming an analyst with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch this past June, Pierce said:

"I can work in L.A., which is where I am from, and I am already used to people at the network after working with them the last two years ... and Beadle makes everyone feel comfortable. It just feels natural to me talking hoops and analyzing the game. I feel like I have been doing it forever."

Given to how prone Paul is to call people out for whatever is on his mind on-court or off, this seems like a seamless progression for the Truth. I don't know about you, but I am stoked to have Pierce on my screen a little more often than in recent years, albeit in a new context.

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