Paul Pierce was drafted No. 10 out of Kansas and went on to have a Hall of Fame career.
On the Hall of Fame enshrinement stage, Pierce wanted the Clippers, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Raptors, Warriors, Mavericks, Kings, 76ers, and Bucks they screwed up not taking him — and he called all of them out.
"Thank you for passing on me and adding fuel to my fire."
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 12, 2021
Those slights, and many others, motivated — and still motivate — Pierce as he enters the Hall of Fame.
#21HoopClass enshrinee Paul Pierce:
– 2008 NBA Champion
– 10x NBA All-Star
– 4x All-NBA selection
– 2008 NBA Finals MVP
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) September 12, 2021
Pierce was forgiving, too, looking to bury the hatchet with Ray Allen, who he (and Kevin Garnett) publicly feuded with after Allen bolted the Celtics for the Heat.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2021
All the slights became all the drive, and the bottom line is he is now Paul Pierce, Hall of Famer.