UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: The Globe’s Gary Washburn confirms in a tweet that Pierce will participate in the contest.
During an interview with the Dale & Holley Show on WEEI this afternoon, Celtics guard Eddie House said that teammate Paul Pierce has been invited to the 3-point shooting contest during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. House said that he himself has not received an invitation for the contest, and that the league chose Pierce instead.
“Paul is actually going to be the one representing the Celtics in the 3-Point Contest,” said House. “Hope all is well with that and he gets a win.”
In a blog entry written for Boston.com, Pierce expressed strong interest in joining the contest after not performing well in it during the 2002-2003 season.
“I was EMBARRASSED!,” Pierce writes “The craziest part is, I never practiced for it. I thought it was just go out there, shoot and make shots. But you’ve got to practice grabbing the ball off the rack and getting to the next spot. You’re used to getting a pass. If I did it this year, I would set up the racks and actually practice for it. Because you’ve got to have a strategy, I think.
So I want to try to redeem myself from that embarrassment, man. I feel like I put in a lot of time on my shooting.”