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Paul Pierce reveals that he wanted to be drafted by the Clippers

Paul Pierce may have ended his legendary 19-year NBA career with the Clippers, but if the 2008 Finals MVP had his way, that’s exactly where it would have began as well.

During an appearance on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s All the Smoke podcast, Pierce revealed he worked out for the Clippers, who held the number one pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, and tried to get a second workout with the team to prove himself worthy of being the top overall pick.

Pierce was born and raised in Oakland but later moved to the Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he attended Inglewood High School before moving on to become a First-Team All-American at Kansas.