The children of NBA players have a real penchant for stealing the spotlight during interviews with their dads’. And retired NBA player Paul Pierce’s son Prince recently joined their ranks. As dad was giving a serious courtside interview on Sunday about the sacrifices he made to compete at the highest level (including spending less time with the little ball of untimely humor in his lap), Prince was busy serving up some hilarious faces.
Pierce, a father of three, retired from the Celtics at the end of the 2017 season. The day of the interview, his jersey was going to be hung from the rafters at TD Garden in Boston. As Pierce, the second highest scoring Celtic of all time, was being interviewed about the high honor, Prince couldn’t resist the urge to have some fun in front of the camera. And boy does he take advantage of it: sticking out his tongue, grimacing, pursing his lips.
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Prince’s elastic face was even more hilarious because of the content of his dad’s conversation. Pierce spoke mainly of all the sacrifices he was forced to make for his NBA career, including missing such important milestones as Prince’s first steps.
Prince was by his dad’s side all night. Earlier in the evening as Pierce was speaking to the crowd while thanking coaches and friends, once the subject of his kids came up, the father of three couldn’t help but get teary-eyed. “I tried as long as I could,” he said. “But when you start talking about the kids, then you get emotional.”
Papa Pierce took it in stride though. As the ceremony ended, declaring to the world that no Boston Celtic will ever wear the number 34 again, Prince was right there next to his dad helping him pull the rope that raised the jersey up above the rafters forever.