LOS ANGELES — This is Paul Pierce’s ninth all-star game, but it’s special because he’ll be playing it in front of the hometown crowd.
The plus? He didn’t have to make a ton of travel plans for friends and family.
The minus? Ticket requests were through the roof.
He has a lot planned, including an all-star health and fitness festival at his alma mater Inglewood High School this afternoon. He’s bringing out a everyone from Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and other all-stars like Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook to Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos.
“But I’m going to enjoy this weekend with my teammates, my friends and family and soak it all in,” Pierce said.
The Celtics have flooded the Eastern Conference roster. Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Rajon Rondo were all selected by the coaches. Doc Rivers and his coaching staff made the trip, too. Assistant coach Lawrence Frank coached the sophomore team in last night’s Rookie-Sophomore game. Having so many familiar faces makes things easier Pierce said.
“It makes the weekend a little more comfortable,” Pierce said. “I think different times coming to all-star games you’re kind of lost looking around and stuff, but you’ve got your coaches, your teammates here. So you guys make plans to go out, have a little fun maybe get something to eat, catch a performance or something. Just enjoy the weekend.”