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 sprout, 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: Pierce speaks the truth.
Check out the video of the entire panel here: