Once a Lakers fan, always a Celtic

Paul Pierce learned game of basketball from Lakers, made name in NBA with Celtics

Originally Published: June 15, 2010
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

Long before he led "Beat L.A." chants, Paul Pierce, living in the shadow of the Forum in Inglewood (Calif.), bled purple and gold.

Watching from his uncle's floor, he would immerse himself in Los Angeles' runs to the Finals in the '80s. On the playgrounds, he and his friends would try to imitate the Showtime style. And when glimpses of pro players passing by in their luxury cars weren't enough, he would sneak past Forum workers, just to catch a glimpse of his idol, Magic Johnson.

"I ...

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