Paul Pierce: I carried gun for two years after getting stabbed

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Paul Pierce got stabbed 11 times on Sept. 25, 2000. Surgery took care of the collapsed lung. His response to the mental anguish? Playing all 82 games of the Celtics season.

And strapping up.

Pierce on “All The Smoke:”

People don’t know this, but I actually carried a gun for two years right after that. I was so paranoid. I kept it in the car. I had it on me I was so paranoid after that. I was just like, I couldn’t be in crowds. Something like that happens to you, man, it’s traumatic.

It was so bad that I couldn’t even, like, sleep. I’d wake up in the middle of the night. People don’t – this is a story a lot of people don’t know. I had to have 24-hour police surveillance in my house. That’s how paranoid I was.

Thankfully, Pierce worked through his depression, continued his long Hall of Fame career and settled into a pleasant-looking retirement.

It’s hard not to think about another Boston athlete who felt paranoid, carried a gun and went another way.