This LA Boy Has Gone Green

A California native, Boston's Pierce is ready for finals
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2008 11:22 AM CDT
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Kobe Bryant has been averaging 32 points per game in the playoffs, and Boston has one of the league's most efficient defenses.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Paul Pierce knows everything about the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s: growing up in Inglewood near the Forum, his dreams were gold and purple. "As a kid, I hated the Celtics," says the Boston forward. But childhood memories won't cause him to hold back as his team heads to the NBA Finals, the New York Times reports.

Pierce has never reached the finals before, nor have veteran teammates Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. But together the Big Three have changed history already: bringing Boston back from a 24-win season and ignoring their individual stats in favor of building the league's second-best defense. Says Pierce, "I could write a whole book on my emotions right now."