Paul Pierce is not particularly fond of Kobe Bryant. Being natural rivals for about 15 years will do that. Yet, Paul has had about enough of this “dirty play” talk concerning Dahntay Jones’ defense on Kobe in the closing seconds of the Lakers loss to the Hawks last week. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple days, here is the play in question.
The NBA released a statement yesterday saying there should have been a foul called on the play. Pierce, when prompted, was having none of that. In fact, he’s thinking the whole situation is being overblown for one reason alone.
“I think it got kind of blown out of proportion. I thought [Dhantay Jones] put his hands up, [Kobe] got into the defender. I mean the fact it’s Kobe Bryant, it’s an issue. I mean if it was somebody else, we wouldn’t even be talking about this today.”
Just add a little more fuel to the rivalry folks. Pierce had a couple other gems at practice today as well.
On Winning the Atlantic Division: “I’m sure if we hung Atlantic Division banners up here, we’d be looking a lot more closely at them. Right now, we are floating under the radar, try to win as many games as possible. Play well going into the playoffs. I’m sure these guys….I don’t even know how many games we have left to get into the Atlantic Division. We don’t even get a t-shirt for that.”
On the Heat’s winning streak: “I really don’t even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season.”
The Truth brought plenty of heat in his press conference. He’s confident and loose right now. Stay tuned folks.