Although Paul Pierce played most of his career in Boston, dude was a hero back home in Los Angeles.
Pierce went from Inglewood High School, where he was a McDonald’s All-American, to Lawrence, Kansas to play for Roy Williams’ University of Kansas Jayhawks.
With the 10th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, Pierce was selected by the Celtics, where he played until 2013.
His last couple stops, in Brooklyn, Washington, and back home in Los Angeles, saw an aging Pierce transition to more of a role player, although he still showed brief flashes of the player he once was.
Some newer fans of the NBA may not know just how truly nice Paul “The Truth” Pierce was for years.
Dude averaged 19.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, and 3.5 apg in his career, was a 10x All-Star, won the 2008 NBA Championship, where he was Finals MVP, and is fourth all-time in made three-pointers.
Every step of the way, Paul Pierce was a star.
Pierce announced last summer that the 2016-2017 season would be his last and was saluted by NBA teams and fans all year, even if Draymond Green had some shit to say about it.
The Clippers released a farewell video to Pierce on Thursday. The clip was narrated by Compton native Kendrick Lamar, who talked about the contrasts of Los Angeles.
On one side of L.A. you have the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, on the other side you have tougher neighborhoods where, as Lamar says, “you can find the grit, the fortitude, the truth.”
This is the part of L.A. that Paul Pierce exemplified, he was one of the realest to ever do it, with Shaquille O’Neal giving him his legendary nickname after Pierce dropped 42 on Shaq’s Lakers back in 2001.
The video concludes with farewells from James Harden (L.A. native), Chris Paul (teammate), Kobe Bryant (probably Pierce’s greatest rival), and Isaiah Thomas (current Celtics star).
It’s a pretty dope clip and for anyone that fucks with The Truth this video will definitely raise some goosebumps.