BOSTON — Even Paul Pierce’s fiercest rivals showed the Celtics legend some love Sunday afternoon.
But others sent Pierce their congratulations from afar — including Los Angeles Lakers notables Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, whose tributes to The Truth aired on the JumboTron in the first quarter.
Both Johnson and Bryant touched on Pierce’s L.A. roots — he grew up a Lakers fan in Inglewood, Calif. — with Kobe giving him a good ribbing about landing on the other side of the rivalry.
“I know it must have been hard for you as a kid growing up in Los Angeles to join the Celtics,” Bryant said.
Johnson also lauded Pierce for “going up as a champion,” a nod to the 2008 NBA title the C’s won over Kobe’s Lakers.
The Lakers duo usually isn’t well-received in Boston, but Sunday offered a rare exception, as the TD Garden crowd gave it up for their special shout-outs.
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