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Paul Pierce on joining the Clippers: 'This is the right timing'

Paul Pierce on joining the Clippers: 'This is the right timing'

Paul Pierce loved the Lakers growing up. They practiced in his Inglewood High gym, just a quick turn on Manchester Boulevard from their home at the Forum. Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal would go on to give Pierce his nickname, dubbing him "The Truth" after a 42-point game in 2001 by the then-Boston Celtics star. Pierce's experiences with his hometown Clippers were, uh, different. "They gave away tickets, the Inglewood YMCA," Pierce recalled Tuesday, "to go to a lot of Clippers games." In 1992, the Clippers made the playoffs but their starting point guard, Doc Rivers, didn't make much of an impression on a 14-year-old Pierce. "Not at...

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