Paul Pierce will always have a soft spot in his heart for Celtics fans, despite the fact he’s wearing a Washington Wizards jersey these days.
Earlier this month, one committed Celtics fan put Pierce’s love of green to the test with a somewhat risky endeavor. While the Wizards were facing off the Milwaukee Bucks, said fan approached the Wizards bench from behind, while wearing an old Celtics Pierce jersey.
This female fan was also carrying a pair of sneakers and made a beeline straight for Pierce, hoping to nab an autograph from her favorite former Celtic.
Now this kind of interaction may not seem like a big deal, but there are a couple notable factors in play here. First, approaching NBA players on the bench is a big no-no for obvious reasons. That fact becomes clear in the video clip below when you see a security guard move in quickly to escort the fan away from the bench.
The other thing to watch is the time on the clock. Yes, this fan approached Pierce on the bench while the game was still in progress. Granted, the Wizards had pretty much wrapped up a win over the Bucks at this stage of the contest, but trying to get an autograph while the game is being played? That’s a bold maneuver.
So how exactly did Pierce respond to this encounter? No one could blame him if he just ignored the awestruck fan while the game was in progress. This was a Celtic fan though, so an exception was made. (h/t: @JohnnyNBA)
And that’s just another reason why Celtics fans will always love Paul Pierce.