Paul Pierce may have been raised in Inglewood, CA, he may have grown up a Lakers fan, dreaming of wearing a Lakers uniform, but there’s no doubt about it–Pierce belongs to the Celtics family now.
According to Brian Kamenetzky of ESPN Los Angeles, Pierce praised the Celtics fans for their knowledge, while also taking a shot at Lakers fans.
When asked about the difference between fans in Los Angeles and fans in Boston, Pierce responded:
I’m more biased knowing that our fans are, I want to say, I think a little bit more knowledgeable to the game. I think a lot of celebrities come here to get out of the house to watch a game, to see the other celebrities. But then you’ve got your fans to mix with them. It’s an interesting crowd, whereas I think our fans really come to watch the actual game.”
Pierce was spot-on in his comparison of Lakers fans to Celtics fans. Many Lakers fans go to the Staples Center to enjoy a festive atmosphere and be entertained. On the other hand, Boston Celtics fans go to the TD Garden because they care deeply about the Celtics–almost as if they were a part of the team.
Though the Lakers have home court advantage, Pierce seems to be hinting that the Celtics will not be intimidated in the Staples Center. The Boston Celtics are coming into Los Angeles with one goal in mind–to win two games– and the happy, partying fans of the Staples Center will not deter them.