Clippers’ Paul Pierce: There’s ‘no way I could go’ to the Lakers

Paul Pierce took way less money than he could’ve made on the open market to come back to where he grew up and play for the Clippers. Now home in L.A., he’s being honest (Paul Pierce is being honest. Shocking, right?) about his intentions when coming to SoCal.

Gary Washburn had a revealing interview with Pierce in the Boston Globe. Here are some snippets:

“It’s been pretty wild,” Pierce said of convincing Jordan to pass up a max contract offer with the Dallas Mavericks and return to Los Angeles. “I think that whole saga took a form and shade of its own. It got a lot bigger than it was supposed to be.”

And another:

“It’s a dream come true to be able to come home, finally,” Pierce said. “I grew up a Laker fan but playing on all the Boston Celtic teams . . . there’s no way I could go there — so this was the next best choice. And it’s always been a dream to play in front of my family and friends.”

(h/t Boston Globe.) 

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