Paul Pierce: “Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great?”

Jackie MacMullan, one of the best columnists on the NBA, published this pretty amazing interview with Paul Pierce, which reveals:

  • that Pierce is under 230 pounds for a playoff run for the first time in his career
  • that he is happy in Washington
  • that he was miserable on the Brooklyn Nets
  • that he and KG basically had to keep picking up the rest of the Nets
  • that he would have stayed in Brooklyn with KG because of their bond (that’s a teammate!)
  • that he sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber before home games
  • that he had a strained relationship with Ray Allen even when they were winning
  • and that next season will be his last

“I talk to them a lot about mental preparation and consistency,” Pierce said. “I keep telling Wall and Beal, ‘You’ve got to make up your mind. Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great? Because if you want to be great, you gotta do it every single night, not just when you feel like it.’

via NBA: Washington Wizards’ Paul Pierce speaks the truth.

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