Paul Anthony Pierce is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is an analyst on ESPN's NBA Countdown. Pierce was a high school McDonald's All-American and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his junior year at Kansas. After being chosen by the Boston Celtics with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston. Pierce's nickname, "The Truth", was given to him by Shaquille O'Neal in March 2001, he starred as captain of the Celtics, earning 10 All-Star selections and becoming a four-time All-NBA team member. Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 to form a "Big Three" that led Boston to two NBA Finals and an NBA championship in 2008. Pierce was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2008. Along with Larry Bird and John Havlicek, Pierce is one of only three players to have scored more than 20,000 career points with the Celtics. In July 2013, Pierce was traded to the Brooklyn Nets along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
He signed with the Washington Wizards as a free agent in 2014. After one season with the Wizards, Pierce signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, reuniting him with former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, he spent two seasons with the Clippers before retiring in 2017. On July 17, 2017, the Celtics signed Pierce to a contract, enabling him to retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 15 NBA seasons. Pierce was born and raised in Oakland, California, his family moved to Inglewood, where he attended Inglewood High School. He was cut from Inglewood High's varsity basketball team his freshman and sophomore years, thought about transferring before spending extra time in the gym and becoming the star of the team by the end of his junior year. Pierce went on to participate in the 1995 McDonald's All-American Game alongside future NBA stars Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Stephon Marbury, Antawn Jamison, was a contestant in the game's Slam Dunk Contest, won by Carter, he grew up a Los Angeles Lakers dreamed of playing for the team.
In 2012, Pierce was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans. Pierce spent three years at Kansas between 1995 and 1998, he earned honorable mention All-Big Eight honors and was selected second team Freshman All-American by Basketball Weekly. He was honored as the Big Eight Co-Freshman of the Year with Colorado's Chauncey Billups. During summer of 1996, Pierce earned a spot on the roster of the USA's Under 22 team and helped USA go unbeaten in the World Championship-qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico; as a sophomore, Pierce captured the first of two Big 12 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player awards after averaging 21.7 points and guiding Kansas to the inaugural tournament championship. As a junior in 1997–98, Pierce won Most Valuable Player honors in both the Preseason NIT and the Big 12 Conference Tournament, he was selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference by both the AP and Coaches, was named Associated Press First Team All-American and a finalist for the 1998 John Wooden and Naismith awards.
He scored 777 points as a junior—the fifth-most single-season point total in Jayhawks history. He 11th on the all-time rebounds list. Pierce entered the 1998 NBA draft. Pierce was selected with the 10th overall pick in 1998 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, a team he despised growing up. A starter from the get-go, he scored 19 or more points in 10 of his first 11 contests, was on his way to being one of the best young players in the game. For the year, he averaged 16.5 points and finished third in the voting for Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season, he raised his scoring average to 19.5 points per game, was turning into one of the elite offensive players in the NBA. By his third season in the league, Pierce was ready for a breakout year. In the 2000–01 season, Pierce appeared in 82 games, averaging 25.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.68 steals in 38.0 minutes. He finished eighth in the league in points per game, fourth in total points, he was named NBA Player of the Month for March 2001 after averaging 30.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.60 steals for the month.
In the 2001–02 season, Pierce was named Eastern Conference Co-Player of the Month twice, for December and April. That season, Pierce led the Celtics to the playoffs for the first time in seven years and on to the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 3 of the conference finals, the Celtics pulled off the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in NBA playoff history, with Pierce scoring 19 of his 28 points in the final 12 minutes as Boston overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 94–90; the win gave the Celtics a 2–1 advantage in the series. From 2002 to 2006, Pierce made the All-Star team every season, he led the league in total points in 2002 and was an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2002 and 2003. He was selected as a member of the US national team in 2002 and played in the FIBA World Championships, but while Pierce was achieving astounding personal success, the Celtics as a franchise was stumbling. In the 2006–07 season, Boston finished with 24 wins—second-worst record in the NBA—and Pierce played only 47 games due to injury.
Prior to the 2007–08 season, the Celtics acquired the services of fellow NBA All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. The pair combined with Pierce to form a "Big Three"; the Celtics completed the largest single-season turnaround in NBA history, with the "Big Three" leading Bost
The Teoloyucan Treaties were signed on August 13, 1914, at Teoloyucan, State of Mexico, Mexico between the revolutionary army and forces loyal to Victoriano Huerta. The revolutionary army was represented by Lucio Blanco; the Federal Army was represented by General Gustavo A. Salas and Admiral Othón P. Blanco, while Mexico City was represented by Eduardo Iturbe; the treaties established the surrender of its dissolution. In the middle of July 1914, the Huerta government realized that a revolutionary victory was imminent. On July 15 Huerta went into exile; the new government tried to negotiate with the revolutionaries. These negotiations broke down when the revolutionaries demanded the surrender of the capital as well as the dissolution of the federal army. In August, due to the victories of Venustiano Carranza, interim president Francisco S. Carvajal offered an unconditional surrender. In a meeting with Alfredo Robles Domínguez from the Constitutionalist Army, General José Refugio Velazco, secretary of War and Navy under president Carvajal, said the surrender was caused by the American invasion of Veracruz and Tampico to end the fighting.
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