Honestly, Paul Pierce still wants to tell the truth. As a TV talking head, that’s important and refreshing. Pierce, the former Inglewood High star living in Calabasas, and having just turned 40 last week, explains why he feels it’s a good time for him to take ESPN up on his offer to join them as a studio analyst. He got two years of practice working as a guest for ESPN during the NBA Finals (see video above)
So in addition that Pierce post linked here, we have this to serve up at almost mid week:
== ESPN has a “docuseries” that will debut Thursday at 4 p.m. called “Chris Paul’s Chapter 3,” where ESPN Films follows Paul in the offseason as he contemplates leaving L.A. for Houston, talking to everyone from Jay-Z to Bob Iger, and finally relocating his family right before Hurricane Harvey hits. The three episodes will air Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. on ESPN and be available on the ESPN App and on demand. More background at this link.
== NBA-related books worth finding as a prep for this season:
= “Basketball (And Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated,” by Shea Serrano, illustrated by Arturo Torres (Harry N. Abrams, 240 pages, $19.99). Amazon.com already lists it at the best seller in the “sports humor” category — there really is one? — and it’s geared for the 8-to-12 year range (third grade to junior high). No wonder it’s our guilty pleasure read already of the season, worthy of a New York Times piece when it came out on Oct. 10.
As Serrano explains in the intro, this 33-chapter book (with Reggie Miller writing the foreword) that tackles a different question. Such as: “How many points should a shot actually be worth?” Or “How do players’ legacies change if we change their names?” (For example: Irvin “Magic” Johnson could have been “the third biggest illusionist in the Midwest”). Or spending six pages to determine: “Was Kobe Bryant a dork?” (answer: Yes). The “10 greatest hairstyles of all-time?” Bill Walton’s hippy ponytail seems to top Allen Iverson’s cornrows or Artis Gilmore’s Afro.
Our favorite: What are the 5 Best Playoff Buzzer Beaters of all time?
Serrano answers this with five slots that read: “I don’t know, but not the 0.4 shot Derek Fisher hit against the Spurs in 2004. That one was stupid.”
Serrano, if you can’t tell, grew up a Spurs fan.
(Also: Special editions of the book sold at Barnes & Noble include four player cards in the back of “players” you might not otherwise consider players).