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Paul Pierce Gatorade Video Proves He Must Be a Powerade Guy

Considering Paul Pierce had a Gatorade sitting in front of him at a Celtics postgame press conference last week, I’m assuming there must be some sort of sponsorship deal in place. We all know nothing is free these days, so Gatorade must be paying to have their products sitting on the press table in front of the superstars after games. Maybe they should ask for some money back. Check out the Paul Pierce Gatorade video and pay close attention to his reaction:

Man, I really want to run out and try that stuff now. He looked so refreshed after that sip.  Thanks to Sports by Brooks Live for the video.

Tom Brady and Paul Pierce Are Close to Obese on the BMI Scale

What’s the point of knowing a person’s body mass index, or BMI?  A recent report by WCVB in Boston proves that there really isn’t one.  After a woman from Amesbury, Mass. was denied health insurance coverage on a knee operation because her BMI is 33, WCVB shed some perspective on what is considered “obese” on the BMI scale.

It turns out two of their local heroes, Tom Brady and Paul Pierce, are easily overweight and nearly obese.  A BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 is considered overweight while 30.0+ is considered obese.  Brady’s BMI is 27.4 and Pierce’s is 26.5.  Apparently they’re a couple of fatties.

Of course there are exceptions, and athletes who pack on the pounds and build muscle for a living are certainly some of them.  BMI is essentially a ratio of height-to-weight, so it’s understandable that athletes would tread the line between average and overweight.  The point is the BMI scale is completely ridiculous — especially if it’s being used as a deciding factor in insurance coverage.  Are Tom Brady and Paul Pierce obese?  If the answer is “yes” or anything close to “yes,” sign me up for a weight-gaining class.

Doc Rivers is Staying: What it Means

Less than 24 hours after Paul Pierce‘s agent announced he would opt out of the final year of his contract with the Boston Celtics, word is surfacing that head coach Doc Rivers will return to the team and, at the very least, finish out his current contract.  For those of you who are interested in the Celtics and wondering what this means for their off-season plans, the answer is a lot.

The fact that Doc has chosen to return probably answers most of the questions that Boston had after the playoffs ended and is an indication that they plan on keeping their core in tact for at least another year.  Rivers has at times been given a bit too much credit as a coach when you consider the roster he was handed a few years ago, but there’s something to be said for being a players’ coach that a team responds to.  Let’s go over a few implications that the return of Rivers has for the reigning Eastern Conference champs.

1. Paul Pierce’s opt out doesn’t mean he’s leaving Boston.

The reason players have been opting out of the final years of their deals, regardless of where they want to play, has to do with the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.  The current CBA will expire after next season and it’s pretty much a certainty at this point that it will result in the league’s top players making less money.  The ceiling for a maximum contract players can sign is going to be lowered, therefore players are opting out (when able to) and seeking a long-term deal under the current CBA rather than waiting until next off-season.

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Paul Pierce Punches Ref by Accident

After struggling in Game 2 and losing to the Lakers in Game 3, Paul Pierce played with a purpose for the Celtics in Game 4 on Thursday night. He came out charged up, making his first three shots and scoring 10 of his 19 points. He would have had 21 points in the game if his late first quarter layup counted, but unfortunately it didn’t. You never would have been able to tell by Pierce’s reaction — he wound up smacking the ref in his celebration! Here’s the video of Paul Piercing punching referee Ed Rush by accident:

Despite his hot start Pierce only ended up with 19 points. The Celtics got away from going to Pierce but it worked out fine in the end as Boston’s bench took advantage of the Lakers in the fourth quarter. I’m sure Paul Pierce will take that formula any day as long as his team wins games.

LA Times Goes Too Far, Pokes Fun at Paul Pierce for Being Stabbed

There’s nothing wrong with hating a team or a team’s players.  Laker fans have grown to despise Celtic fans over the years and vice-versa.  That will happen when two teams face each other in the NBA Finals 12 times in 40 years.  For the most part, the hatred that accompanies a rivalry like this one brings fun and excitement to the game.  However, an LA Times blog post that was published briefly on Monday morning represented an example of how even writers can get caught up in a heated rivalry and forget that at the end of the day it’s just a game.

LA Times columnist Ted Green got completely carried away in a blog post he wrote on Monday morning.  In his thorough compilation of reasons to hate the Celtics, Green slipped in a comment that poked fun at Paul Pierce for having been stabbed at a night club back in 2000.  Here is what Green said about Pierce, courtesy of The Big Lead:

“By the way, Pierce’s idea of a fun night is going clubbing and getting stabbed. Good times!”

I don’t know if Ted Green forgot his morning coffee or what, but I can’t figure out how he would think that publishing a comment like that is appropriate or funny in any way.  Even if he thinks it’s funny — and that would be pretty disturbing — you’d think he’d have enough common sense to realize that he’s taking things too far by saying something like that. The LA Times certainly realized it was out of line; they edited that line out of the article.  There are plenty of things to make fun of the Celtics’ captain for, and Green hit on a couple when he criticized Pierce for taking flops and being a drama queen.  He could have even taken a shot at his arrogance, which was on display two years ago when he claimed to be the best player in the world.

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Paul Pierce’s Twitter Page Was Hacked

The Celtics beat the Magic on the road in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of seven. Although the Celtics are 32-0 in the playoffs after taking a 2-0 series lead, sweeping the Magic is not a given — they still have to win two more games at home. Still, Boston star Paul Pierce supposedly was thinking sweep after the game because his PaulPierce34 twitter page said: “Anybody got a BROOM?”

Pierce’s twitter page is unquestionably his because he’s offered fans tickets through his page in the past and his account is verified. Obviously the tweet sent the media off in a frenzy and they even asked Dwight Howard in the postgame news conference for his thoughts on Pierce’s tweet. Howard was clearly upset to hear that Pierce was calling a sweep and said no comment before saying “Pride come before a fall.” Even though that tweet got Howard riled up, Pierce’s online representatives are saying the account was hacked.

Pro Basketball Talk did some excellent sleuthing and they point out that most updates to Paul Pierce’s twitter page come via text or the web. The now infamous “broom” tweet was made through a program called twitterific. Yeah, that does sound pretty fishy to me. Pierce’s internet handlers have even more evidence indicating there was a hacker: “RT @taramanis @athleteint I saw [Paul Pierce] talking to other reporters when these were sent… no cell in hand.”

The Celtics may get a sweep but let’s be clear: Paul Pierce is not taunting the Magic. Yet.

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Paul Pierce’s Twitter account and good times on the internet [Pro Basketball Talk]

Forget Kobe and Jordan: Paul Pierce Says He’s the Best Player in the World

I’ve been pretty high on Paul Pierce in the past, saying that he deserved some MVP consideration based on how valuable he was to the horrendous Celtics squad from two years ago. Even though I think highly of Pierce — especially after the way he performed in the playoffs this year — calling him the best player in the world is a stretch. I figure guys like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and maybe even Chris Paul can lay claim to that argument. Anyhow, when asked who the best player in the world was, Pierce’s answer was himself, and added he even added this:

“There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”

“I have an opinion, I have a right to have one and that’s the way I feel. I felt I’ve played against the best over the years and felt right now that I’m the best player in the world.”

You know what? Damn the man, why should he let anyone tell him that he’s not he best player in the world? As long as he thinks it and is a confident player who backs it up, what’s wrong with maintaining that attitude? Sure, it’s a problem when Ricky Davis thinks that way because then he’s jacking up 20 shots a game, but when Paul Pierce is in the NBA Finals, maybe that attitude helps give him a competitive edge on the court. I appreciate that attitude. It might be incorrect, but he sure does have the last laugh, not to mention a Finals MVP Trophy to go with it.