On this day in Boston Celtics history, franchise icon small forward Paul Pierce was born in Oakland, California in 1977. A product of the University of Kansas, Pierce somehow managed to slip to be taken 10th overall by the Celtics in the 1998 NBA draft, joining a moribund Boston team that had fallen from its former glory.
Pierce would make All-Rookie First Team in his inaugural season, and quickly cemented his status as a star on the rise. He would make his first All-Star team in 2002, two seasons after a stabbing incident in a local nightclub nearly cost him his life.
Famously, it somehow did not cause him to miss even a single game of that season, however.