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Paul Pierce: Poker play benefits basketball game

08.08.11 at 11:47 am ET

We all know Celtics captain Paul Pierce survived well into Day 2 at last month’s World Series of Poker, but I hadn’t heard him comment much about it or seen what duds he was rocking. Thanks to, we now have both. First, his thoughts on how his poker habit might benefit the Celtics even while the NBA lockout endures:

‘€œI think poker has really helped me develop patience and that helps me in everything I do in life. It helps me on the basketball court, to be more patient and to be more of a thinking player and to be smarter out there.’€

Now, take a look at how Pierce represented the Celtics at the WSOP, 2008 NBA title ring and all …

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