My NBA Finals Diary: Paul Pierce Conceitedly Confident (Game 5)

Jess Matthew BeltranCorrespondent IIJune 14, 2010

BOSTON - JUNE 13:  Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics looks on against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals on June 13, 2010 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Paul Pierce in 2008 spent three days at a basketball camp in Madrid Spain and was asked if Kobe was the best player in the world? And Pierce confidently answered” I am the best player in the world…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.” It takes a lot of balls to say you’re the best but that’s how Paul Pierce really is, a guy who can walk the talk. After winning game 2 on the Lakers own turf Pierce was heard saying “Ain’t coming back to L.A.” as he confidently know they will win all three games at home. Game 5 Paul Pierce scored 27 points to put the Celtics back on the driver seat as they lead the series 3-2 going back to L.A. it wasn’t a 3 game sweep but at least they are just a win away from clinching another championship on their storied franchise. It wasn’t actually the result he imagined it to happen but everyone in Boston believes in him. Not even one doubted him…
After a dismal showing in 2007 Pierce was already preaching about a championship ring and everyone thought he was delusional, when everybody thought that he wasn’t that good he went toe to toe with Wade, Lebron and now Kobe scoring big in most of those series. One more… one more as Pierce shouted in the Boston Garden with chants of “Truth” echoing… Game 6 and 7 will be played in L.A. and Kobe Bryant will have a chance of redemption and Pierce issued a strong statement back in 2008 if you are the best player in the world then prove it… Kobe scored 38 points in game 5 but his teammates remained to be passive the whole time and when Paul Pierce countered with shots of his own his 27 points came out bigger. We all know Kobe is better than Pierce with season MVP’s and 4 championship rings but Pierce believes he is better than anybody that’s what we call confidence… He is like a boxer who talks, goes out and shows back his talking in the ring… and Paul Pierce did just that he talks and he walks.