One of Paul Pierce‘s finest trash-talking moments came against the Pacers’ Al Harrington in 2003. Up to 70-62 with less than 30 seconds left on the clock, Harrington picked up Pierce almost at half court, rejecting his teammate Ron Artest’s switch. Pierce and Harrington had been going on each other all night, and Pierce continued trash-talking in that play as well. Even the referee Joe DeRosa had to step in. After that, the Truth buried a 3-pointer in Al Harrington’s face.
Players stay in that energy sometimes, particularly if they are not playing on their home court. Former Knicks guard Iman Shumpert shared that kind of story about Pierce. According to Shumpert, when he was a kid, his aunt got courtside tickets to a game between the Boston Celtics and his hometown Chicago Bulls.
As the teams went into the halftime break, Shumpert tried to dap up players that walked by. Most of them greeted a kid sitting courtside. Pierce was not one of them, Shumpert explained.
“Everybody dapped me. Paul Pierce comes by; he ain’t dap me. He ain’t dap me. And he sort of like, looked at me wrong. Like he just looked at me mean. And my first impression of Paul Pierce was like, ‘When I get here, I got something for you.‘ Like for you specifically.”Iman Shumpert, UNINTERRUPTED
Shumpert, who was drafted by the Knicks with the No. 17 pick in the 2011 NBA draft, stayed true to his words. In 2014 Shumpert hit Pierce with a killer crossover that sent Paul to the floor.
“I did make him fall. So, auntie, I lived up to that.”Iman Shumpert, UNINTERRUPTED
So kudos to Iman. Even though his career was miles away from the Truth’s, Shumpert got his leaning against a bar story. And it will have to do for now, since Shumpert is still a free agent looking for another NBA home. He played his last game for the Brooklyn Nets over a year ago.