Paul Pierce Compares Knicks to 'Instagram Models’ With ‘Too Many Filters’ When Discussing Their Recent Success

The former Celtic said this current Knick team won't make it past the first round of the playoffs agaisnt the Heat or Pacers.

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Paul Pierce has thrown shade at the New York Knicks for the successful season they've been able to produce this year.

On the latest episode of Pierce and Kevin Garnett's Ticket & The Truth podcast, the former Celtics teammates spoke on the Knicks and their productive season so far. Right from the start, Pierce was critical of the New York team and claimed they wouldn't make it past the first round against the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers.

Garnett said he believed in this Knick team, especially Jalen BrunsonJulius Randle, and Bojan Bogdanovic. Pierce maintained his stance and said the Knicks were Instagram models who looked good on the phone, but in person, it was a different story. 

"The Knicks is like an Instagram model," Pierce said. "I be on Instagram and I be like, 'Damn she fine.' Then you catch 'em in person and you're like… 'This you?' It's too many filters."

Garnett chimed in saying, "It's two different things — reality vs. digital? So what am I watching on TV then?"

Pierce replied, "An Instagram model. They got that Fashion Nova on."

"I be on Instagram and I be like, ‘damn she fine.’ Then you catch ‘em in person and you’re like… ‘this you?’” - Paul Pierce @PaulPierce34 isn’t a believer in the Knicks this year and thinks they’re like an IG model 👀 Man, P a fool I swear. Can’t take him nowhere 🤷🏾‍♂️🤣


— Kevin Garnett (@KevinGarnett5KG) March 4, 2024
Twitter: @KevinGarnett5KG

Despite Pierce's shade, the Knicks, whose record is 36-26, are tied for fourth place with the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference. They produced two All-Stars this year in Brunson and Randle, and their bench has proved to be a formidable force holding down the squad while their four top players are out with injuries.

Knick fans breathed a sigh of relief this week when coach Tom Thibodeau revealed that Brunson's knee injury, which he suffered in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, wasn't as bad as initially thought.

"He's feeling better, just not quite there yet," coach Thibodeau told reporters on Tuesday while adding Brunson's MRI came out negative.

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