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Paul Pierce Loves Brussels Sprouts, Hates The Fact Ray Allen Left for Miami, Instead of Anywhere Else

Last Thursday, Paul Pierce took part in a fun panel at UMass Boston. The panel featured the terrific Bob Ryan as well as Red Sox nutritionist (boy did they need one!) Tara Madigan. The group focused on a number of topics near and dear to Pierce’s heart: health, sports and leadership. Pierce founded a Truth on Health intitative last decade to help fight childhood obesity and promote overall good health.

Earlier this week, UMass Boston released footage from the event, in which Pierce took a number of hard-hitting questions from members of a closed UMass audience. Here is some footage of a few of the more entertaining questions:

Pierce’s favorite vegetable: “Brussel sprouts is one of my favorite….truthfully. If you can get a good batch of brussel sprouts, that’s pretty much my favorite. I’m really into a lot of green vegetables. I can eat a whole plate of vegetables and be good.”

CH’s Take: I have to throw in my two cents here. For about 25 years of my life, I never had a brussels┬ásprout, largely due to the stigma it carried throughout my youth of being a “gross” vegetable. However, in the past two years I’ve had my eyes opened when it comes to this little green veggie, thanks to my lovely girlfriend Kate and now I’m fully with Pierce on this one. Brussels sprouts are delicious (especially fried) and I feel like they are making a big comeback now everywhere. I’m seeing them pop up more on restaurant menus now, at friend’s houses for dinner. Sprouts are taking over! Pierce knows of what he speaks!

Pierce’s pregame meal: “KG started the peanut butter and jelly epidemic. Sometimes I’ll have one, but most of the time I drink fruit or have a shake right before the game.”

CH’s Take: Doesn’t get much better than a good PB and J. Add another distinguishment to KG’s Hall-of-Fame credentials in Boston. He created a new culture here, and that includes delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The fact Pierce refers to it as an epidemic is priceless.

On Ray Allen’s Departure: “When you play on a team and win a championship, you create a certain bond with a player that will never be broken or forgotten. It was very difficult, that was one that really hurt. Not that he left….but that he went to the Heat. That hurt more.”

CH’s Take: ┬áPierce speaks the truth.

Check out the video of the entire panel here:



  • hdavenport

    brussels sprouts are top five vegetable

    • High Rollers

      But they have to be cooked right. Nothing's worse than mushy Brussels sprouts.

      Paul's doing such a good thing with this Truth on Health stuff. Kudos to the Captain.

      • Morpheus

        I grew up on brussel sprouts, they are deeelicious. Like Rollers pointed out, they have to be cooked right which isn't very hard to do, but seriously a lot of the supermarkets and fruit and veg stores don't sell them where i stay at least. I haven't had a brussel sprout in years, don't really know why tbh but, after seeing this Pierce video brussel sprouts will be in my shopping list. I miss my brussel sprouts.

        • check12check

          brusselS sprouts. not brussel drives me nuts. also GOAT vegie

          • check12check


          • Morpheus


          • Anthony

            "GOAT veggie"


  • hydrofluoric

    Am I missing something, or have I just never had good Brussel sprouts?

    • KillerGymRat

      I used to hate them, then I went to a thanksgiving dinner and had them (mostly because the hostess cooked them to be polite) and they were amazing.

      I've since tried to repeat the results on my own with less-than-stellar results.

      They can be really bitter and chewy (at least when I cook them) but when done right they are pretty great!

  • fabzzz

    Top 5 vegetables:

    1. Sweet potatoes
    2. Collard greens
    3. Beets
    4. Brussels Sprouts
    5. Okra

    Also, don’t over think it- throw it on pan with oil, salt, and pepper.

    • hdavenport

      Good list. Not an okra guy but I can see why people like it. Mine goes:

      -Sweet potatoes
      -Brussels sprouts
      -Eggplant/Artichokes (tie)

      • Rav

        1) Carrots
        2) Tomatoes
        3) Onions
        4) Bell Peppers
        5) Cucumbers

        Nobody likes regular vegetables anymore? I mean, I love vegetables so all the ones you guys mentioned are high up for me too. But really, no-one rates a single one of mine in their top 5?

  • lebron killed c

    he eats 3 burgers every night
    that's why he is such a fat ass

    • Guest

      Aaaaand you lost me.

  • sean

    brussel sprouts have a huge range of quality, definitely depends on how you cook them. i like mini-brussel sprouts personally, not really a fan when they're big and fat.

    • hdavenport

      Yes to you and HighRollers–I grew up on steamed/boiled brussels sprouts and they suck. That's why they have such a bad rep. Real shame. I just straight up roast them with some oil and balsamic, also prefer the smaller ones.

      • hydrofluoric

        My interest is certainly piqued now. Thanks for the updates, Celtics fans and Celtic captain.

  • IBleedGreen

    ‘Truthfully’ seems to be Pierce’s favorite word. He says it at least once in every interview, all puns intended.

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