L.A.'s greatest player: Paul Pierce

He grew up in Inglewood and even Angelenos can't deny his career accomplishments

Updated: June 15, 2010, 12:57 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- He is our greatest basketball product, a kid who grew up in the shadows of the Forum in Inglewood and dreamed of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. His nickname is "The Truth," and truth be told, Paul Pierce never wanted to be a Boston Celtic, but here he is on the verge of winning another championship for our most hated rivals, this time in our backyard -- his backyard.

It could be argued, quite easily, actually, that Pierce is the greatest basketball player to grow up ...

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