Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce

Born

10/13/1977, Oakland, California

Birth Name

Paul Anthony Pierce

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Paul Anthony Pierce, The Truth
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Biography

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Paul Pierce was a standout player at Kansas before entering the NBA. Pierce has spent his entire professional career with the Boston Celtics. He won an NBA Championship in 2008.

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  • Trivia

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    • Paul: A lot of the times, the ball came into my hands and everybody was watching. Memphis did a great job. When I would put the ball on the ground and come off the pick-and-roll, they would corral, trap with two or three guys and made me make the extra pass.

    • Paul: We should have put the game away. We had a double-digit lead, but they stayed close and then they pulled it out.

    • Paul: I think we played with a lot more energy.

    • Paul: We're playing a team with their back up against the wall, desperate for a win, and we were able to pull it out.

    • Paul: He's a strong guy and obviously you have to foul him a little harder.

    • Paul: They got pretty much every shot they wanted. That's the story of our season. We're allowing too many points, we're allowing them to shoot too high a percentage, and tonight we allowed too many offensive second chances.

    • Paul: This was a much-needed one. Regardless of how we got it. We haven't played well the last five games.

    • Paul: The last story with Siegfried was the funniest. It's good that these guys are still able to do that [come in and talk to us] for the young players to see what the tradition is all about. They hear about it, but until you really come here and experience it yourself, you really don't understand.

    • Paul: Yeah, I'm tired of us beating up on each other. We're ready to play. After getting beat up by Justin Reed every day, I'm ready to go against somebody else. See all these scratches I'm getting every day? Every day.

    • Paul: With the team we've got, it's a fine line. If you look at what Ricky did for us last year off the bench, he gave us that spark. Then, on the flip side, he's probably our second-best scorer and probably our second-best player and maybe he should be starting.

    • Paul: We really got off to a great start today. We're starting to find something. We're trying to find different combinations that work for us, especially off the bench.

    • Paul: That's in the past, and that's where it's staying.

    • Paul: I guess the league is trying to clean up the image. They've done surveys. and they say that we're behind baseball and football and the rest of the sports. But also we're one of the most visible sports in all of sports, so we get more notoriety. Our faces are shown. We're just in tank tops and shorts. We're more visible. That's probably why we get that type of negative perception.

    • Paul: He's just got to remain positive. These type of situations you get in when you're in the limelight and when people know who you are and you're a target, just like I was a target in my [stabbing] incident a few years back. I believe he's going to come out on the good side of it. I have him in my thoughts. I told him [in a phone message] that everything is going to be all right. That's all I can do right now. We're his family, so we've just got to lend our support. Once he gets back with us, he'll be all right.

    • Paul: We just didn't have our heads there. We know we should have closed the game out. We used it as motivation.

    • Paul: He plays tough defense. He gets the toughest assignments night in and night out.

    • Paul: All I can say is the same thing I've been saying all along. I'll lend him my full support.

    • Paul: We didn't look to push the ball. We didn't look to run as much as we should have. I think we shot ourselves in the foot. This was a game we should have had.

    • Paul: I don't think there's any need to panic right now. It's still early in the season. We've got a long way to go as a team and, hopefully, we'll just get better.

    • Paul: I didn't come to play today. I really struggled on the defensive end. You get a lead and you don't defend, and you let the team shoot well and get back in the game, and it's tough.

    • Paul: It's a step in the right direction. Hopefully it's something we can build on.

    • Paul: It's tough to swallow, especially when we thought we had them on the ropes. We just didn't match their intensity the second half.

    • Paul: We'll just have to see. Right now, I'm more concerned with my role on this team.

    • Paul: No matter who they went to they made the big shots. They would have beat a lot of teams with the way they shot the ball.

    • Paul: The look on his face pretty much said everything. I had to get it up over him or he would have blocked it. I just lined it up with the rim.

    • Paul: The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.

    • Paul: I remember when Mike hit all those threes against Portland. And I just wanted to do it.

    • Paul: We made the necessary plays we needed down the stretch and got the big stops. We're starting to win these close games now.

    • Paul: This is one of the handful of musicals that our audience -- I know you'll be shocked and surprised to hear -- really loves.

    • Paul: You've got to pick your poison with them. We're doubling Shaq and paying so much attention to Wade, we leave Antoine open. He was able to step up and knock down some shots.

    • Paul: You have to pick your poison with them. We're concentrating so much on Dwayne Wade and we're doubling Shaq that you leave a guy like Antoine open for shots, and (he's) a guy who can hurt you. That's what happens.

    • Paul: A lot of guys are growing up before our eyes — like Gomes and West.

    • Paul: I'm not thinking about points, I'm thinking about wins. It's about roles, and that's my role. I can say it's a lot more fun in front of my family and friends.

    • Paul: A lot of guys are growing up before our eyes - like Gomes and West. This team is in a good groove. It's about being responsible for your role and being aggressive.

    • Paul: I didn't intend to get into a scoring duel. But I wanted to step up and take him at the end.

    • Paul: I think we're finally coming into our own on the road. Hopefully we can make this a good road trip and get the next one.

    • Paul: We just didn't execute down the stretch. I thought we got the shots we wanted. I liked our effort.

    • Paul: We got it going. I was feeling good. I think the guys were feeding off of what I was doing on offense.

    • Paul: Coach was telling me that he's going to put me out there with those guys. Maybe I'm going to be the defensive stopper.

    • Paul: We might have to cancel practice next year.

    • Paul: I'll just try to blend in. It will fun to be a Piston.

    • Paul: The new rules are made for great individuals to showcase their talent, and that's what they're doing.

    • Paul: Whenever you get two all-stars on the court at the same time, you always have that sense of pride. We both have the utmost respect for one another and I think our competitive juices come out. What can I say? It was just a great night for both of us.

    • Paul: I really got into a groove in the second half. Guys were getting the ball to me. It felt good to me. You know, it would have felt a lot better if we would have been on the other side, but it was just a great game to be a part.

    • Paul: The main thing is we kept our heads up, didn't get down. We said (the streak is) going to end, we just have to stay together, regardless of the injuries.

    • Paul: The main thing is we kept our head up and we didn't get down. We said, 'It's gonna end (the losing streak) but we've just got to stay together regardless of the injuries.' We just had to go out there and play and see what happens.

    • Paul: Over the years, the pattern has shown they usually go with the guys who have better records, on the teams that are at the top of the conference. I think it's more satisfying to make it (this way).

    • Paul: We've got to keep our heads up. We're going to turn this around sooner or later.

    • Paul: We feel like we're real close, it's just the little things. Our problem is a sense of urgency in the last three or four minutes of the game. We've got to get loose balls, get defensive rebounds, get quality shots and that's what we've got to learn to do as a team.

    • Paul: It takes a while to learn about everyone's tendencies. You have to learn where guys like to get the ball. Today was good for that. It will be even better next week when we have three days off.

    • Paul: With the game that close on your home court, we've got to pick up our defense.

    • Paul: We turned a three-point game into a blowout.

    • Paul: I just don't think we showed a sense of urgency we need down the stretch. That's what good teams do.

    • Paul: I think Marcus is like a lot of guys in the league. He needs the minutes to get comfortable with the system and the coach, and Marcus never really got that with us. He never was really comfortable in Doc (Rivers') system the whole time, but I think he has the ability to be a good player in this league. He's a lock-down defender and he has a nice touch from the outside. I put him in the same mode as a Derek Fisher.

    • Paul: If we play like this for the rest of the year, we're going to win a lot of games.

    • Paul: He brought great energy to the whole arena when he came in. That's basketball and the crowd wants to get behind you -- especially if you play well. They probably would have booed if he didn't.

    • Paul: I think he's going to be an All-Star, if not this year then next year.

    • Paul: This is the first time that I can remember that I've missed eight free throws in a game in my career.

    • Paul: I think it was just one of those nights. Mama always said 'you're going to have games like this.' I just have to swallow it, brush it off and move on.

    • Paul: We said at halftime we're going to pick it up in the second half, and that's what we did.

    • Paul: Its one of the greatest individual performances I've ever seen. I think he's done enough, in my eyes, to be on it.

    • Paul: I'm going to hang out on the perimeter when big Fortson's in there.

    • Paul: We're looking for certain guys to establish their roles. What are they going to be for this team? That's what preseason is about, especially with the team we have. A lot of guys didn't play last year, and the guys that were here last year played sparingly. Obviously, we have a lot of young talent here. We've just got to figure it out as the preseason goes along.

    • Paul: When I saw the part about chains, hip-hop and throwback jerseys, I think that's part of our culture. The NBA is young black males.

    • Paul: It was definitely a big win against a division rival and a team that has been playing well. It was a good win for us.

    • Paul: Well, he didn't give me a yes or a no. I just told him that it would be an honor, and that I'm interested.

    • Paul: With the lineup we had out there I was looking to be aggressive early. I had some drives to lane and a couple of three's. I was just making sure we ran our stuff.

    • Paul: We just didn't execute down the stretch. We didn't make the plays and they did.

    • Paul: I am frustrated with the losing. But I came into this season thinking we might be a young, growing team with our inconsistencies. I didn't expect this record. It's the inconsistencies of young guys trying to find their niche in this league.

    • Paul: We were very fortunate. Obviously, there are a lot of things we have to work on. I thought we played good defense.

    • Paul: We don't want to get over-excited with just one win. We are just trying to be consistent. We have to sustain a group of wins and then I'll be able to say we are successful.

    • Paul: We wanted to finish the year off right. We know we've been so close, and for us to get a win like this feels good - especially finishing 2005 off with a win. But we've won back-to-back games once this year, so I don't think we're going to get too high. I mean, we're still trying to build some consistency as a team. Hopefully, we got the monkey off our back.

    • Paul: Even with all of the players that they have lost, they still have a great team. Kenny Thomas stepped it up and knocked down the key shots. We knew that they have capable players, and by no means did we take them for granted.

    • Paul: He has the ability. He has a great feel for the game. I just think it was a matter of him getting the experience.

    • Paul: Both teams want to win and they want to do everything possible. You don't think about the fatigue factor. You're just trying to grind it out to get the win.

    • Paul: It was a great game to be a part of. There were a lot of emotional high and lows. It's mentality draining, but I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of it.

    • Paul: It's tough, but it's fun. It's draining, but I'm glad I had a chance to be a part of it.

    • Paul: Things are going to turn around, two heartbreaking games we had. Hopefully we can just learn from these types of games as the season goes along.

    • Paul: Two heartbreaking games (in a row).

    • Paul: It's a team game. Guys have to step up and understand that the focus is on me. When I have it going you have to look for it. I thought a couple of times we went out on our own and wasted possessions.

    • Paul: We just wanted to play everyone tight. That's what prime-time players do in this league. Obviously, Rip is a prime-time player.

    • Paul: We can't wait to get No. 17.

    • Paul: I came out more aggressive in the second half, not settling for three-point shots and instead taking it to the basket... That's my style - being able to adjust during the game.

    • Paul: We definitely want him back. He's a players' coach. He lets us do our jobs.

    • Paul: He's taking a team that didn't make the playoffs a year ago and definitely has made a huge impact on them. Obviously, when he's on the court with them they're pretty much unbeatable. When he's not on the court they're not the same.

    • Paul: This was a good win despite the circumstances. We showed a lot of heart. This was a really gutsy win for us and it says a lot about the team's character.

    • Paul: I dress how I feel anyway. I think I'm just going to continue to dress how I feel. I think there's some days I may take a fine.

    • Paul: When I saw the rule that you can't wear chains (I thought it was), ... That's just part of our culture, when we wear the chains and the hip-hop gear and the throwback jerseys.

    • Paul: I was really disappointed in our defense down the stretch. We gave up too many easy baskets. They got a couple of dunks and a couple of layups. That can't happen. Not in the playoffs. Not at home. Not anywhere.

    • Paul: We just couldn't match their intensity in the second half.

    • Paul: There's a lot of pressure every time we lose a game. We don't have a lot of room for error right now. I think we've got to get to 41 wins, and every loss is a lot of pressure on us. We've got to win 14 more games, I believe, for us to make the playoffs.

    • Paul: I just take what comes to me. If the drive is there, I'm going to take it. If it's not there, I'll take a pull-up shot. I'm a confident player down the stretch and I feel like I can make the play when I have to.

    • Paul: Carmelo seemed like he was going to have a career night. But we buckled down and got the stops we needed.

    • Paul: When you got it going, you got it going. I just keep my focus down the stretch. That's when I want the ball. I'm just not afraid to fail.

    • Paul: It's a great individual accomplishment, but I'm not here for the individual accomplishments. ... I don't go into every game trying to score 30 points. I'm just trying to win.

    • Paul: I'm just trying to be positive. I like the guys (I'm) around. Even though we're not at the record I'd like to be, even after a loss, guys are mad, but then we have fun and you move on. They look up to me. I've been around eight years. A lot of these guys were in junior high or high school when I came into the NBA. I see how much of an influence I am off the court. I try to be careful how I approach things on and off the court, because I know these guys are watching.

    • Paul: I just probably got a little anxious thinking about overtime instead of making free throws. I guess I'm human after all. I'm going to make some plays down the stretch and I'm not going to make some plays and tonight was one of those days and it wasn't my day.

    • Paul: The last time I had a run like this was probably my senior year in high school. We've lost so many close games this year that we just needed to give ourselves a chance.

    • Paul: I'm just going out playing the way I know how to play. We're just having fun, staying positive. We feel like we can win each game. We turned it around ever since we gained a lot of confidence out west and I think it's starting to carry over.

    • Paul: It's tough to swallow, especially when we thought we had them on the ropes. We just didn't match their intensity the second half.

    • Paul: We'll just have to see. Right now, I'm more concerned with my role on this team.

    • Paul: That's what we're trying to understand -- how to put teams away. It's a learning experience for us.

    • Paul: We overcame 27 turnovers despite everything that was going on and we found a way. That's the key about it. This team is showing a lot of heart with the injuries we've got.

    • Paul: No matter who they went to they made the big shots. They would have beat a lot of teams with the way they shot the ball.

    • Paul: The look on his face pretty much said everything. I had to get it up over him or he would have blocked it. I just lined it up with the rim.

    • Paul: The rim is looking bigger and bigger every game.

    • Paul: I remember when Mike hit all those threes against Portland. And I just wanted to do it.

    • Paul: We made the necessary plays we needed down the stretch and got the big stops. We're starting to win these close games now.

    • Paul: This is one of the handful of musicals that our audience -- I know you'll be shocked and surprised to hear -- really loves.

    • Paul: You've got to pick your poison with them. We're doubling Shaq and paying so much attention to Wade, we leave Antoine open. He was able to step up and knock down some shots.

    • Paul: You have to pick your poison with them. We're concentrating so much on Dwayne Wade and we're doubling Shaq that you leave a guy like Antoine open for shots, and (he's) a guy who can hurt you. That's what happens.

    • Paul: I'm not thinking about points, I'm thinking about wins. It's about roles, and that's my role. I can say it's a lot more fun in front of my family and friends.

    • Paul: A lot of guys are growing up before our eyes - like Gomes and West. This team is in a good groove. It's about being responsible for your role and being aggressive.

    • Paul: I didn't intend to get into a scoring duel. But I wanted to step up and take him at the end.

    • Paul: I think we're finally coming into our own on the road. Hopefully we can make this a good road trip and get the next one.

    • Paul: We just didn't execute down the stretch. I thought we got the shots we wanted. I liked our effort.

    • Paul: In terms of total micro-organisms in the floodwaters this is about as bad as it can get.

    • Paul: We probably don't want to build a Grizzlies Stadium, because it'd be hard to put up and hard to get rid of, but aside from that, what would you like to see.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • a really good player that was apart and big factor in bostons amazing run to get number 17

    9.0
    i think paul is a good player i do he is not the flashiest kind a guy he is a scorer he is not like lebron or dwade or kobe . but he does what he is supposed to do score points and find any way possible and i think that is why he makes a good weapon for the celtics beside kevin and ray and rondo. and i thin he is if the best but the second best player on the team . and this year won the 3 point contest which was last done by larry bird who was the last celtic to win it. i think that is a amazing feature that shows he is growing better with his 3 point shot and he is just a good playe r all around i think.moreless
  • Good player.

    8.0
    I think that when I watch Paul Pierce play, it reminds me a bit of a player that just finds ways to score. He isn't a flashy player, but he knows a ton of ways to score and hits clutch shots. Some of the time I think that he is slow in terms of out-running his rivals, but I think he makes up for it with his point total. I don't think he was the MVP of the Celtics last year, as I thought and still do think that Kevin Garnett is the best player on that team. I still do. Thank you.moreless