Before Paul Pierce became a Celtics legend, he was a Lakers fan living in Inglewood, California, just outside of downtown Los Angeles. The Lakers actually used to play in Inglewood at The Forum and Paul would sneak into games as a kid.
In a new video on The Players’ Tribune, he talks about the irony of growing up in LA and becoming a Celtic, and how his life in Inglewood shaped the man he is today:
Anyone who’s a fan of Paul Pierce knows that Inglewood is a big part of The Truth’s story. He is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player to ever come out of Los Angeles, and many of his signature moves were developed on the city’s outdoor courts.
After 19 years in the NBA, 15 of which were played with the Celtics, Pierce is now 39 years old and plans to retire after this season. He’ll play his last game in Boston on February 5th when the Clippers visit TD Garden. In case you didn’t know, there’s also a pretty important football game on that day. I’m going to the C’s game to say my final farewell before watching the Pats at 6:30, and I’m fully prepared for one of the most emotional days of my life.
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