I grew up hating everything about the Celtics and Larry Bird but then won them NBA title and am in their record books

I grew up hating everything about the Celtics and Larry Bird but then won them NBA title and am in their record books

It definitely did for Paul Pierce, who became a Boston Celtics playoff legend and NBA Hall of Famer, but grew up hating one team more than any other.

Pierce was born in California and had one team when he was a kid.

The same team that featured Magic Johnson, helped define the NBA’s rise in the 1980s, and was a bitter cross-country rival of the Celtics.

“I was an avid basketball fan. And growing up in Los Angeles, Inglewood, down the street from The Forum, I couldn’t stand the Celtics,” Pierce told ESPN in 2019.

“I hated the Celtics so much. You understand the rivalry. I hated Larry Bird, I hated everything about the Celtics.”

Growing up on the west coast, especially LA, you hate the Boston Celtics,” Pierce said. “You’re just you’re grandfathered into that.”

From 1998 to 2013, Pierce was a Celtic and only a Celtic.

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