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Paul Pierce Interview: 2016 Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

Paul Pierce represents the last of the hoopers who came from the under-appreciated 90’s era of Los Angeles County basketball.

Many stars emerged during that period, and Schea Cotton was one of the brightest. He was LeBron before LeBron, having the physicality to match his high baseball I.Q., and projected to make the NBA while still in junior high. Fans watched him dominate his contemporaries, and corporations gifted him products in hopes he’d one day endorse them as an NBA player.

Since his dream of making it to the NBA fell short, some of his peers in the basketball fraternity do not treat him with the respect of an originator.

RunTheTriangle.com spoke exclusively with Schea Cotton in the series Higher about his riveting story, and the one person that is too busy being Inglewood to be Hollywood, Cotton’s former K-Swiss Pacers teammate, Paul Pierce.

“That’s my dude, P-Squared,” said Cotton.
“They try to floss on me and be Hollywood when they see me in the city, I have a lot of respect and adoration for Paul because he’s kept it 100 all the way through with me.”

Similar to the hip-hop genre, the New York boroughs and parks are considered somewhat of a blacktop Mecca. But Los Angeles and its suburbs like Inglewood and Compton have birthed perennial all-stars, leading to the Venice Beach and Drew League’s tournaments increasing in notoriety and media attention. Nobody wants to miss the next big thing out of So-Cal.

Pierce and Cotton represent the legacies of the championship basketball pedigree in Los Angeles. Cotton ran pickup games with Magic Johnson at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. He and Paul Pierce met along the basketball circuit, and they would go on to battle each other for years in amateur tournaments.

What few know is that the assembling
2007-2008 Boston Celtics by current Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers was not the first time Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were teammates. They joined forces in the 90’s during a Las Vegas tournament to successfully dethrone Cotton.

The 2016 Los Angels Clippers Media Day was the last of Pierce’s storied career. Watch as he uses the moment to reveal the truth about Schea Cotton and his appearance in the biographic documentary “Manchild” The Schea Cotton Story: A Dream Deferred.

Paul Pierce Talks Inglewood

Before becoming a standout for the Kansas Jayhawks, a perineal NBA All-Star and champion with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers veteran Paul Pierce grew up in Inglewood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He graduated from Inglewood High School, sharing that proud tradition with NBA Alumni like Jay Humphries and Reggie Theus.

RunTheTriangle.com, LLC Chief Editor Gregory, a fellow City of Inglewood product, talked to Pierce about their old stomping grounds.

L.A. Clippers Foundation partner with Vision To Learn

From the Clippers Communications Department

The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn, a non-profit provider of free eye exams and free glasses to students in low-income communities, announced today a partnership to meet the vision needs of all students in the Inglewood School District.

The L.A. Clippers Foundation and Vision To Learn program will launch in January with a distribution of glasses at Inglewood High School, and will provide vision services to all 12,000 students in the 20 Inglewood elementary, middle and high schools. Every student will receive an eye screening by school nurses and Rotary Club volunteers; those who fail the screening will receive a free eye exam and free glasses from Vision To Learn.

A Clippers-branded Mobile Eye Clinic will be created for the screenings at the Inglewood schools. Screenings began in November and glasses distribution will be completed for all Inglewood students by the end of the current school year.

During tonight’s Clippers vs. Bucks game at STAPLES Center, Vision To Learn students will participate in a special on-court presentation and the Clippers Mobile Eye Clinic is set to be displayed.

About Vision To Learn

Founded in 2012 in Los Angeles, Vision To Learn provides children with free eye exams and free glasses by bringing its mobile eye clinics to schools and to other neighborhood youth and community organizations. Kids’ vision issues often go undetected, with as many as one in five children lacking the ability to see clearly. Students with impaired vision can struggle to read a book, study math, see the board, or even participate in class – all of which can result in poor grades and adversely affect academic achievement. Vision To Learn alters these outcomes by coordinating screenings for children, and supplying those in need with eye exams and glasses – an age-old yet critical tool for success. Vision To Learn solves a problem affecting as many as 1.5 million children nationwide who lack the glasses they need to see the board, read a book, study math or participate in class. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected. More than 89% of kids served by Vision To Learn live in poverty and 87% are kids of color.

OUR CALLING: CLIPPERS FOUNDATION

Every day, we’ll make a positive difference to a child in L.A.

To meet this commitment, the L.A. Clippers Foundation will first understand their educational environments, from classroom to playground to living room, in communities across Southern California.

The greatest resource of the Clippers Foundation is inspiration, channeled from our players, organization and Clipper Nation. Our greatest tool is investment, through singular grants that set a new benchmark in actual funds and true transparency. Our greatest gift is mobilizing contribution and commitment from everyone we call Partner, including colleagues, corporate sponsors and the community at large.

In every way, our mission is to inspire a child to make a positive difference in their L.A.

For more information on the Clippers Foundation, visit www.clippers.com/Foundation