Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant have had their share of battles while playing in the NBA. However, their best battle may have come when they weren’t on an NBA court. Pierce spoke about Bryant on the fubo sports network No Chill with Gilbert Arenas and said their best battles were when playing pickup games at UCLA.
“People don’t even know that because we used to play UCLA in the summer,” Pierce said. “It used to get a bit fiery between him and me because we’re still Celtics and Lakers. But we had some good battles back then.” Pierce went on to describe how competitive Bryant was on the court. The former Boston Celtics star shared how he and Bryant turned a commercial shoot into a one-on-one battle.
Kobe was always in competition – even while filming a Nike ad
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“I’m one-on-one with Kobe, and this is publicity. We’re taking action,” Pierce explained. … “So I make a move, he tore me apart. So I make a move again, he hit the ball again. I’m like, ‘Man, this is an advertisement. We’re trying to make it so It looks good. So now we’re in a full-fledged one-on-one like sweating. But it was just Kobe.
Pierce and Bryant were two of the best players in the NBA in the 2000s. The two would face each other twice in the NBA Finals with the first meeting being in 2008. Pierce and the Celtics won the first meeting 4 -2 to give the team its first championship since 1986. But Bryant and the Lakers would eliminate the Celtics. 4-3 in the 2010 NBA Finals. It was the fifth and final NBA championship for Bryant who spent his entire career with the Lakers.
Pierce was talking about Bryant because it’s been just over two years since the Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash. When Pierce first learned of Bryant’s death in January 2020, he said“Even right now it doesn’t even feel real. A guy who motivated me, who brought out the best in me on and off the pitch. And I tell people today that he doesn’t There wouldn’t be Paul Pierce ‘The Truth’ without Kobe If people know where the nickname ‘The Truth’ comes from it’s because I had a really good game against Kobe Bryant and Shaq told me nicknamed “The Truth”. …I felt like I was losing a brother. I felt like I was losing a family member.