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The redemption of the Truth: the Paul Pierce story


Article provided by Kenny Masenda, check him out at kennymasenda.blogspot.com

This quote is taken from a spirited conversation about the best players in the NBA, at their respective positions. There were at least twenty die-hard fans involved (THANK YOU, Facebook notes), and this is one of the comments from the conversation:

“Paul Pierce at #3??!?!? Either there is absolute parity at the three position, or something's wrong here. Some 2s are seen as 3s, and vice-versa, so that may be it, but I refuse to believe that Paul Pierce is the third-best small forward in the NBA today…” –Quote from me, on June 30, 2007.


Needless to say, at least five people immediately jumped on my case, quickly pulled my card and began singing the praises of Paul Pierce. They said he’s on a perennial loser; they said he’s a straight hooper, and they said he is VERY LEGIT. After hearing all this, it forced me to dig up old tape, as far back as six years ago, and along with watching his performance this postseason, I have to admit, in the words of Shaquille O’Neal...

“Write this down; Paul Pierce is the muthafuckin’ truth. Quote me on that, and don’t take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn’t know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth.” - Shaquille O'Neal


Paul Pierce can do darn near anything on a basketball court. It’s evident that he can score, he can rebound fairly well, he can run the offense, if need be. Also, during crunch time, he’s NEVER SCARED. He wants the ball, and when he gets it, good things happen.

There’s another reason I have more respect for Pierce. Last season, this team was HORRIBLE. They were terrible, they were deplorable; I mean, any word that is synonymous with bad, that was the Boston Celtics. Of course, he shouldered his share of the blame, but not once, not one time did he scream to get out of there. He requested help, and he was given help in the form of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and other pieces to complete the Celtics puzzle. Anyone who knows me knows I’m arguably the biggest Kevin Garnett fan in the universe, but even I realize that this is still Paul Pierce’s team, and this postseason has continued to show that.

If the Celtics are going to win this series, which I think they will, a huge part of it will be due to the performance of Pierce. He’s been in the league for ten years now, and I think he’s just as hungry as anyone on the court to get this ring. Plus, it’s against his hometown team, so I won’t be surprised to see a monstrous series from The Truth.

Be easy.

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