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Paul Pierce On His Best Moment As A Celtic: “My Favorite Celtic-Laker Moment Is When We Whooped That A** By Forty Somethin' In The Championship Game 6”

Paul Pierce On His Best Moment As A Celtic: “My Favorite Celtic-Lakers Momet Is When We Whooped That A** By Forty Somethin' In The Championship Game 6”

Paul Pierce will always be regarded as one of the greatest players in Boston Celtics history. Any core Celtic fan will recount several Pierce moments, good and bad, but no one will ever forget the 2008 NBA Finals.

Pierce joined ESPN as an analyst after retiring in 2017, but that did not end well. While he might not have been fit to comment on the game, he sure knew how to play.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks fans can attest to that, as those were his favorite opponents. The Celtics-Lakers rivalry was ongoing before he joined the Celtics, and he continued the tradition whole-heartedly.

The Truth, as he's popularly called, joined Ariel Helwani on a special edition of WHAT'S BURNIN to discuss several topics, including the current state of the Celtics and what they have to overcome in the upcoming week.

As a former Celtic, Pierce was asked about the Celtics-Lakers rivalry and his favorite moments. Unknowing to many, Pierce was a Lakers fan before signing with the Celtics, but he was cool with dropping past affiliations and embracing the rivalry.

When asked his favorite moments as a Laker fan, and as a Celtic, he said (16:05):

"As a Laker fan, my favorite Celtic-Laker moment was when Magic hit the hook shot in the Garden for the win. Now, as a player, my favorite Celtic-Laker moment is when we whooped that a** by forty somethin' in the championship Game 6."

It was an inspiring victory for the Celtics and Pierce, who took on the job of guarding the Lakers' best player, Kobe Bryant, and refusing any help. The loss also inspired Kobe, who used a picture of Pierce as motivation later in his historic career.

Pierce had a lighter burden offensively with the presence of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but he averaged 21.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in the six-game series. For his valiance, he was rewarded with the Finals MVP award