One of the most incredible, yet equally terrifying, stories about Clippers forward Paul Pierce is the time he was stabbed nearly a dozen times across the face, back and chest. Additionally, he was smashed over the head with a bottle during an altercation in 2000 (that he was trying to break up). Somehow, Pierce not only pulled through, but the incident didn’t end his professional career. In fact, Pierce went on to start in all 82 regular-season games that year. To this day, it remains one of the craziest stories in pro basketball.
And, in his return to Boston for L.A.’s game on Wednesday, fellow Clippers teammates actually pretended to stab Pierce multiple times. For being such a dark piece of his history, Pierce seems to have some fun with the whole thing.
Then again, Piece’s time in Boston was defined by much more than his stabbing. One of the all-time Celtic greats helped Boston win a NBA championship over the Lakers in 2008 and nearly another one in 2010. He holds a number of individual game, season and career records with the Celtics. In a proud organization, Pierce has a claim as one of the best scorers to ever wear a green and white jersey.
Still, that’s quite a story from Pierce’s time in Boston, and to see the Clippers playfully re-enact it was, well, something.