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Evan Turner says Paul Pierce was an 'a--hole' to him

Alex Reimer
August 18, 2017 - 9:29 am

Former Celtics forward Paul Pierce is often lauded as one of the NBA’s great statesmen. But not every player has sterling memories of the future Hall of Famer.

Blazers guard Evan Turner, who played with the Celtics from 2014-2016, tweeted out some choice words about Pierce Thursday when the Celtics announced they will retire his No. 34 this season. “He was an a—hole to me but you gotta respect THE TRUTH,” Turner said.

Turner never played with Pierce in Boston –– his last season with the Celtics 2012-13 –– so the adversarial portrayal of Pierce makes sense. Still, it was surprising to see Turner use the news about Pierce’s number retirement as an entree into his diss. 

In an interview Thursday with the Boston Globe, Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca extolled Pierce’s contributions to the franchise. “It’s going to be fantastic,” he said. “For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”

The Celtics selected Pierce with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. He played 15 seasons in Boston, ranking No. 1 all-time on three-pointers made (1,823) and third all-time in games played (1,102). He was the captain of the 2010-11 championship team.

Pierce signed a one-day contract with the Celtics earlier this year before officially retiring. 

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