You Can't Handle The Truth

Dan CallagyContributor INovember 6, 2008

September 25th 2000: the day Paul Pierce will never forget. On his way home from a night club, he was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck, and and back. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency lung surgery. 8 years later, he's the reigning NBA Finals MVP and looking for a second ring.

When he was growing up in Inglewood, California he loved one thing and one thing only: basketball.

He worshiped the Lakers, and despised the Celtics.

He loved to see Bird, McHale, and Parish lose to Magic, and Kareem.

He played high school ball at Inglewood High and, surprisingly, didn't make varsity until junior year. When he made it as a junior he barely played, but as a senior he started and averaged nearly 25 points a game with 12 rebounds and 6 assists. With these league leading stats, he earned a scholarship to the University of Kansas.

At Kansas, he played for 3 years with an average of 20 points and 7 rebounds a game. He earned Big 12 MVP as a sophomore and senior. He played under coach Roy Williams, not to be confused with the Cowboys wide receiver, and was drafted 10th overall in the 1998 draft by ,who other, than the Boston Celtics.

As a rookie Pierce shined picking up right where he left off in college.

He quickly emerged as a top Eastern Conference player.

Pierce, along with forward Antoine Walker led the Celtics to a playoff appearance in 2002. There Walker and Pierce led their team to the Eastern Conference finals vs the Nets.

In game three, the Celtics were down by 21 points to the Nets, Pierce dropped 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Celtics to the second largest 4th quarter come-from-behind win in NBA history (the longest being in Celtics 24 point comeback against the Lakers.) The Celtics then missed the playoffs in 2003, 04', 05', 06', and 07'.

In 2007 the Celtics had their worst season in team history finishing 24-58, second worst in the league.

In the off-season of the 2007 season, the Celtics traded their number 5 pick to the Seattle Super Sonics in exchange for outside shooter Ray Allen. The Celtics also acquired all-start power forward Kevin Garnett from the Timberwolves. All the basketball experts were expecting the Celtics to have the best record in the NBA, and they did, finishing 66-16; completing the biggest turnaround in NBA history in one season.

The Celtics entered the playoffs as the favorite to win the title.

Before the playoffs started Doc Rivers said, "One big thing for us if we want to win the championship is, the fans." To get the fans more into the game they showed a clip of the Celtics from the regular season on the big screen, one of the quotes in the clip is from the movie A Few Good Man Jack Nicholson is quoted saying, " You want the truth, you cant handle the truth." the Celtics showed this because Pierce's nickname is the truth. Pierce, Allen, and Garnett led the Celtics to the NBA Championship, the Celtics 17th in history, and their first in 22 years.

No matter how many rings Pierce gets he will definitely go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history.