Baron Davis Says Paul Pierce Is the Best Basketball Player From L.A.

Paul Pierce hails from Oakland, California. Baron Davis is from Los Angeles. Given their close hometown ties, it would be understandable that there would be some sort of competitive spirit constantly flowing through their veins. However, when they sat down with Complex News’ Speedy Morman, the two couldn’t be more complimentary towards one another.

After Davis admittedly fought off nearly having a heart attack and crying on the inside when hearing the praise heaped onto him by Pierce, he returned the favor… and then some.

“He has had a career that is going to be hard for anybody from our city, or just anybody period, to duplicate,” Davis said when asked about Pierce’s impact on the game of basketball. “When you talk about the greatest players in the world, the greatest people to ever touch the court, and to do something in our game, you gotta mention The Truth.”

When looking at Pierce's progression through the years in the game of basketball—dating back to his high school days—Davis can't help but make the claim that The Truth deserves to be in the discussion of the best basketball players to come from Los Angeles, and he's arguably established himself as the city's top talent. Of course, that’s all up for debate, and we’ll leave that up to you.

Check out the full interview above, where Davis and Pierce also talk about their partnership with Bengay for the “Sore Winners” campaign.

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LiAngelo Ball Is Being Scouted by the Los Angeles Lakers

Although many people thought it would be impossible, it looks like LiAngelo Ball actually might have a shot at being drafted by an NBA team. According to reports, the middle brother of the polarizing Ball family is being scouted by none other than the team of his older brother Lonzo, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas provided the scoop on Twitter that the Lakers paid a visit to Lithuania to watch Gelo ball in a contest between his team, Prienu Vytautas, and Nevezis. LiAngelo provided a decent contribution to his team's victory by dropping 12 points and going 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

The 19-year old LiAngelo officially declared for the NBA Draft this past March (and dropped an insane 72 points in a game the same day), but many feel that he is not an NBA-ready prospect.

There are least a few people who believe LiAngelo should be drafted, one of which is his father LaVar. After all, he did say previously how he hopes that all three of his sons will be able to play together rocking the iconic purple and gold. He even claimed Lonzo would not re-sign with the team if it didn't happen. Paul Pierce has also recently said he thinks there is a “good shot” Gelo will make it to the league.  

LiAngelo's draft status still might be up in the air, but the fact the Lakers are scouting him has to be at least somewhat of a good sign. Everyone will have to wait and see if a second Big Baller will make his way into the NBA when the 2018 NBA Draft takes place on June 21. One thing can be guaranteed—he will not be selected No. 2 overall like his brother Lonzo was last year.

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Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He Was Involved in Bizarre Altercation With Rajon Rondo

Isaiah Thomas has made headlines on numerous occasions over the course of the last week because of his reported beef with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. But on Wednesday night, Thomas set his sights on beefing with a different player—and it ended with him getting ejected from a game before it even reached the end of the first quarter.

Thomas and Rajon Rondo were both ejected from the Lakers/Pelicans game on Wednesday after they were involved in an altercation towards the end of the first frame. The two players got tangled up with one another several times and exchanged words before they were hit with double technical fouls and sent packing. It was an odd scene with Rondo seemingly trying to provoke Thomas while guarding him. You can watch it play out here.

Following the game, Thomas was asked about what happened between him and Rondo, and he claimed Rondo hit him in the face three times during the game before tensions boiled over. He also claimed Rondo repeatedly brought up the video tribute the Celtics planned for Thomas on the same night as Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony before eventually canceling it at Thomas’ request.

“Whatever reason, he's an upset guy about me,” Thomas said. “I don't know what it is, but it's fine. He kept bringing the tribute up, when I was the one that shut the tribute down. I'm far past that…For me to be ejected was uncalled for.”

Rondo didn’t speak with the media after the game on Wednesday night, but it’s worth noting that if he did taunt Thomas over the tribute, it wouldn’t come as a total surprise. Rondo was asked about the tribute after a game in January, and he spoke out against the Celtics deciding to do it in the first place.

“What has he done?” Rondo asked at the time, before being told about how Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals last season and responding accordingly. “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”

However, Thomas told reporters he wasn’t upset about what Rondo said when he was asked about those comments on Wednesday night.

“He said what he said, I laughed it off,” Thomas said. “It was what it was. I'm the one that stopped the video tribute from happening because I wanted Paul Pierce to have his full night. I didn't want to take nothing from him. I know [Rondo] played on Paul Pierce's team. He's gonna always have Paul Pierce's back, which is fine. I didn't lose sleep over it. It was obvious [that it] continued to be brought up with what happened tonight.”

Thomas also told reporters he doesn’t share any bad blood from the past with Rondo. He theorized Rondo might possibly be upset with him because Thomas and the Celtics beat Rondo and the Bulls in the playoffs last season, but he couldn't say for sure why Rondo seemed so irked at him.

“I mean, my team beat his team in the playoffs last year,” Thomas said. “Maybe that is what's wrong. I don't know. There's nothing. Nothing should've made that escalate like it did. He already had his agenda written down right when I checked into the game. It was obvious. He picked me up full court, trying to be physical.”

Whatever the case may be, Thomas seemed to shrug off the altercation with Rondo. But he said he does plan to try and appeal the technical fouls he received during the game. He thinks Rondo, not him, should be forced to deal with the consequences of them.

“It felt like they were waiting for me to get upset,” Thomas said, referencing the game’s officials. “I got hit in the face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face, I reacted and tried to tell the refs, 'Are you guys going to control this?' I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded.”

Thomas and Rondo weren’t the only ones to get ejected from the game. Lakers head coach Luke Walton got ejected just before halftime, too, for arguing with the game’s officials. The Pelicans went on to win 139-117.

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LeBron and the New-Look Cavs; Paul Pierce Greatest Celtic Scorer Ever? | Out of Bounds

After trading six players away and picking up four new ones at the NBA trade deadline, the Cavs look refreshed, focused, and happy for the first time in a long time. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss why the subtraction of Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and others has helped Cleveland, how far they’ll go, and whether or not LeBron and the Cavs organization shaded the departed players. With Robert Parish calling Paul Pierce the “greatest offensive Celtic ever” before Boston retired his No. 34 jersey on Sunday, the guys debate that controversial claim. Gil being Gil, he’s got a hot take that could get him banned from Boston. Next, following Eagles lineman Lane Johnson’s assertion that nobody enjoys playing on the Patriots because it’s a “fear-based organization,” the gang gets into the importance of having fun playing professionally in “The Pull-Up.” Finally, DeAndre’ Bembry’s recent arrest for driving 128 mph in a 55 mph zone sparks a conversation about why athletes, who have so much to lose, are still racing down the street like some maniacs, and Gil shares a story about the time he and Jason Richardson raced Escalades in LA.

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Isaiah Thomas Trade; Gronk Going Hollywood?; Special Guest Kenyon Martin | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, special guest Kenyon Martin joins Gil and the #OutofBounds gang to talk the day’s biggest sports stories. The convo kicks off with the looming NBA trade deadline and how trades affect team chemistry. Next, the crew discusses the three-year extension Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams just signed with the Clippers. Did he sell himself short in seeking stability and security? With late breaking news that the Cavs are trading Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and their protected first-round pick in 2018 to the Lakers for Larry Nance, Jr. and Jordan Clarkson, our “In Play” look at Cleveland’s big nationally-televised Sunday matchup in Boston — when the Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s jersey — is extra spicy. Adam and Pierce break down the impact that the trade will have on both teams, as well as how it will affect the big game. Finally, following a report that Rob Gronkowski could retire from football to become a Hollywood action star, the team weighs in on how good he’d be, and also makes picks for athletes who would be great flexing muscles on the big screen.

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Jalen Rose Calls Paul Pierce ‘Petty’ Over Celtics Remarks, Pierce Fires Back With ’81’ Joke

The NBA is taking #PettyWarz to a whole new level in 2018.

First, a little in-game wrassling between the Rockets and Clippers spilled into a locker room confrontation that had Twitter aflame with things like secret tunnels, diversions, Austin Rivers being arrogant, and LAPD takeovers. The following night, Orlando guard Arron Afflalo threw a reckless haymaker at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica. Then, after Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier became the NBA's eighth and ninth ejections over the past three days, Wizards coach Scott Brooks dialed it up yet another notch by inviting Dwight Howard back onto the court to shoot the technical free throws, only to see Howard make both, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance, and blow a kiss to the Washington coach.

Incredible.

But perhaps the juiciest story of all revolves around Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. Most of you know the details by now: Celtics announce celebration for Thomas during Feb. 11 Cleveland-Boston matchup; Pierce gets angry, wants own night for his jersey retirement; former Celtics sit down beside campfire, gush about how amazing they were; media/Twitter (ahem, Shannon Sharpe) remind Pierce he's no Kobe; Thomas posts veiled “hating hours” Instagram message. It could be the plot for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Yesterday on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Jalen Rose summed up the whole thing when he called Pierce “petty” to his face, and the resulting back and forth had Pierce looking like he was ready to risk his job. (Thomas, for his part, liked the clip on social media.)

I mean, is Jalen Rose not correct? The Celtics honoring Isaiah during the game does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward. The Celtics honoring Isaiah for not just his play on the court but for what he inspired in their fans and the Boston community does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward.

Of course, being that petty is the theme of the month, Pierce wouldn't let it go, coming back at Rose with yet another “81” joke. The former Toronto Raptors guard will probably never live these down, but at least he can take it and keep it moving.

And the critics say the NBA isn't entertaining anymore because the Cavs and Warriors always win. 

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On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gil tells the story of the time he tried to break up a fight between Orlando Magic teammates and ended up being the only person who got punched. With the Carolina Panthers still in search of a new owner, many people have showed interest, including celebs Dale Earnhardt Jr., Diddy, and Steph Curry. The crew weighs in on who they think would be the best fit and who will actually be the next owner. Paul Pierce dead set against Isaiah Thomas getting a tribute video on the same night as his Boston Celtics jersey-retiring. While Adam and Pierce believe IT can get at least a 30-second video, Gil thinks Pierce should have a full-on Pierce-Land tribute like Kobe. One thing they all agree on is that Kid Rock should not headline the NHL All-Star Game. 

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Gordon Hayward Suffers Brutal Leg Injury in First Game With Celtics

Just six minutes into his first season with his new team, the Boston Celtics, All-Star forward Gordon Hayward suffered an absolutely brutal leg injury in a clip that nobody would blame you for skipping over (seriously, it's graphic).

It is being reported that Hayward suffered a fracturted left ankle. 

During this recently concluded offseason, Hayward signed a four-year/$128 million contract with a Celtics team that was expected to challenge the Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy. Obviously those hopes took a serious hit tonight, not that that's on the minds of any of the players at Quicken Loans Arena, as evidenced by these reactions:

Still other players who are not in Cleveland expressed their condolences and shock on social media as well:

We will update when we have more info.

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Paul Pierce Compares Kevin Durant Teaming With Warriors to Kid Teaming With Bullies Who Beat Him Up

Paul Pierce wasn’t a big fan of Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors last summer. He sent out this tweet a short time after KD announced his decision:

He also did an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio a few months later and expressed his displeasure with KD taking his talents to Oakland. “I’m an old school guy,” Pierce said at the time. “I’m a competitor…When you want to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That’s always been something that’s driven me. Today’s day and age, a lot of these guys are friends. That’s like if Bird decided to go play with Magic or something.”

It prompted a response from KD’s new teammate Draymond Green, who fired shots back at Pierce. But apparently, it didn’t soften Pierce’s stance on the situation. Because on Tuesday, Pierce appeared on ESPN’s The Jump and once again talked about KD leaving Oklahoma City to team up with Golden State. And he compared it to a kid teaming up with a group of bullies who beat him up.

“I’m not a guy who goes into the neighborhood, gets beat up by the bully’s gang, and then now I want to join their gang,” Pierce said. “[That’s] just not me. I want to fight. Let’s go! I mean, I’m gonna stand up for myself. That’s just the competitive nature of where I come from, the era I grew up in.”

Pierce isn’t the only former or current NBA player who has criticized KD for joining the Warriors. But he has been one of his most outspoken critics, and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to let KD off the hook for it anytime soon. KD, meanwhile, seems to be at peace with his decision and has stopped responding to players like Pierce who have been critical of him. You can check out Pierce’s full KD rant in the clip above.

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Kendrick Lamar Pays Tribute to Paul Pierce: ‘You Are The Truth’

Paul Pierce played his final NBA game two weeks ago, when the Clippers fell to the Jazz in Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. In his 19-year career, Pierce made 10 All-Star teams and won one NBA title (as well as the NBA Finals MVP) in 2008.

Many NBA greats, including Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Garnett, paid tribute to The Truth, who didn’t have his best year with Los Angeles this season but had an incredibly storied career. Pierce received another amazing tribute Thursday—from his fellow California native, Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick and Pierce grew up in cities that were about 40 minutes apart. Pierce is from Inglewood while Kendrick was raised in Compton.

In the tribute video, which the Clippers posted on Twitter, Kendrick says Pierce “put all of Los Angeles on his back.”

“Life is not all about the wins and losses,” Kendrick said, before thanking Pierce on behalf of Los Angeles. “It’s also about how you affect people. Paul Pierce, you are The Truth.”

The track in the background may sound familiar—it’s Kendrick's own “The Heart Part 4.” 

Inglewood has remained a part of Pierce’s story throughout his career.

Pierce, who retired at 39, made an unforgettable appearance on Area 21 with his former Celtics teammates earlier this week.

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