Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix in an intriguing tell-all befitting of his nickname ‘The Truth’.

The Celtics icon dished on a handful of topics, including the whole livestream video scandal that got him kicked off of ESPN as well as his past desire to join Dirk Nowitzki on the Dallas Mavericks.

Pierce admitted that back in 2007, he thought the writing was on the wall for his departure from the Celtics. He revealed that the arguments off the court with Danny Ainge and head coach Doc Rivers were much more heated than anyone would expect.

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“People wouldn’t believe how often we argued,” says Celtics star said He recalls countless meetings with Rivers and Ainge that led to heated arguments about his shot selection.

“They were always telling me how to play,” says Pierce. “They wanted me to pass the ball more. Well, who did they want me to pass it to? Jirˇ i Welsch? S—, I’d rather take a bad shot than pass it to Jiri Welsch.”

Even years after his retirement, Paul Pierce remains colorful as ever. Jiri Welsch definitely caught a stray there, given that he was a year removed from the Celtics roster come 2007.

Besides, it was the Celtics’ struggles that allowed them the draft capital to form their famed Big 3 with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. It was definitely a happy ending for Pierce, thanks in small part to guys like Jiri Welsch.