Paul Pierce speaks out on the night he got stabbed at a Boston nightclub
On the latest episode of the All The Smoke Podcast hosted by former NBA forwards Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce talked about the night which changed his life forever.
Pierce is referring to when he got stabbed at a Boston nightclub. The Celtics icon, who now works for ESPN as an analyst, says he got stabbed three times in the stomach and five times in the back by two different knives:
“That night changed my life man,” Paul Pierce said. “I remember being at the hospital, banging on the hospital door, asking them [if he was going to die] …. It really changed my life for me to get through that. I got stabbed three times in the stomach and five times in the back by two different knives.
“It was so bad that I couldn’t even sleep. I would wake up in the middle of the night. This is a story people a lot of don’t even know. I had to have 24-hour police surveillance at my house that’s how paranoid I was. All I did was go to the gym and home for like a good two-year stretch. It changes you, dude. You don’t know where to go, you don’t know who to look at, you’re really on your toes.”
Everyone is relieved Pierce was able to make it out of that incident alive. The former Kansas Jayhawk is the butt of a lot of jokes on NBA Twitter now because of his bad predictions, but let’s not forget Pierce is one of the greatest players in NBA history.
During his prime with the Celtics, Pierce was as gifted a scorer there has ever been in the NBA. From 2000 to 2007, Pierce averaged 24.8 points over 531 games.
In the 2005-06 season, Pierce put up 26.8 points per game during the regular season for the Celtics, who finished just 33-49 that year.
Of course, Pierce’s finest moment with the Celtics came during the 2008 Finals. He won Finals MVP after the Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Pierce averaged 21.8 points in that series to help the Celtics capture their 17th championship.