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April 14, 2015 Updates

"It was a weird relationship,'' Pierce conceded. "We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That's just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we'd be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn't show up. We'd go to his charity events but Ray wouldn't show up to somebody else's. I called him on it. I said, 'Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don't come to ours.' I remember when Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn't show up. I know Ray probably didn't like Rondo that much, but it wasn't a fact of not liking somebody. You don't have to like everybody you play with -- it's a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn't like Ray either, but he came to Ray's functions to show, 'Hey, we're together in this.' It's not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we'd say, 'Let's go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.' We'd get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam (Cassell), but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three. It just got to the point where it was, 'That's Ray.' No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn't much there.'' ESPN.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

By Sunday, Hammer was in D.C., checking out José Andrés’ new fast-casual restaurant and then taking in a Wizards game at the Verizon Center. Hammer posed for photos with Paul Pierce and appeared on the the video board for the “Dance Cam” segment, during which “U Can’t Touch This” played. His presence also led to this line in a wire story recap of Washington’s 108-99 win over the Hawks: Washington Post

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When I was first drafted by Boston in 2004, I thought I was a scorer after being named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. But being around some maxed-out players, and after my ACL injury in 2007, I had to find my niche in the league. Paul Pierce helped me out, saying, "If you can guard me in practice every day, you can guard just about anybody." He gave me confidence. A lot of my influence comes from him; he's the best at getting ready to play a game. I also looked at the work ethic of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Bleacher Report

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You can count Paul Pierce among those who feel the Nets have missed his presence on and off the court. “Any team without Paul Pierce misses him,” Pierce said with a smile. “Period.” New York Post

January 15, 2015 Updates

The three-pointer stretched the Wizards’ lead to 10 points with 4 minutes 10 seconds remaining and served as the start to Washington’s impressive, late-game execution as they escaped with a 105-99 win Wednesday night over their fellow Eastern Conference contender. The shot also had some historical significance: It was Pierce’s 1,989th career three-pointer, which moved past former all-star point guard and current Milwaukee Bucks Coach Jason Kidd for fourth on NBA’s all-time list. Washington Post

January 11, 2015 Updates

“He’s the first guy at practice every day. He has his routine, he does it religiously and young guys see it. And obviously he’s had unbelievable success. He’s a Hall of Famer, and a lot of our young players grew up watching him. They were in junior high school and high school when Paul was winning championships and playing at a very high level. And not only that, he’s just a regular, good guy, and he’s fun to be around. “We certainly did our due diligence before we signed him, and we talked to people that played with him and coached him, and they had nothing but great things to say about him and his professionalism and his competitive nature.” Boston Herald

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If I had to single one guy out who is the most difficult player to guard in the league, it would have to be Carmelo. He’s a unique blend of being big, strong, and athletic while also having a world-class shooting touch and a natural ability to get to the rim. That’s what sets him apart — every facet of his game is elite. The Players' Tribune

In my opinion, his combination of physicality and shooting touch is unmatched in the NBA. You can’t take one second off when you’re matched up against him. Kobe is one of the best scorers in NBA history, but I don’t have as much trouble with him in the post as I do with Carmelo. LeBron is a great post-up player, but if you get him to settle for the jumper on some nights, you might be able to slow him down if his shot is off. That’s not the case with Melo. If you give him space to shoot, he’ll make it many more times than he misses it. To put it plainly, he’s not a fun assignment on defense. But then again, none of these guys are. The Players' Tribune

Paul Pierce on Kobe Bryant: He ended up missing the last nine shots of that game with me on him, and we won. But the stat sheet is still vivid in my mind. Kobe took 47 shots. Forty-seven. No one has ever taken 47 shots on me. Most games a team will get up 81 to 89 shots. What you have to understand about Kobe’s game is that by taking that many shots, he’s meticulously wearing down the defender until he breaks them. He’s made a career out of making guys lose confidence in their defense and then continuing to attack them. He’s won five rings doing that. If you want to have any defensive success against Kobe, you can’t break. That’s much easier said than done. The Players' Tribune

Paul Pierce on Tracy McGrady: Since there was no way to stop Tracy’s shot, you just had to do everything you could to make sure he didn’t get in a position to shoot. So I would always do my best to deny Tracy the ball and be physical with him. I always knew that I couldn’t allow easy points in transition against him because then he might heat up. And if a guy with an unblockable shot heats up, well, that’s not good. But limiting transition points against a guy with the physical talent of Tracy was just a nightmare. He was such a tremendous finisher. He’s fast, he’s long and he could jump higher than anybody. And if that wasn’t enough, he was one of the better ball handlers in the league. He’s a rare talent, and when you were up against him, you knew you were in for a tough game because he always had the green light. Well, that’s something all these guys have in common. The Players' Tribune

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