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Paul Pierce: Poker play benefits basketball game

We all know Celtics [1] captain Paul Pierce [2] survived well into Day 2 at last month’s World Series [3] of Poker, but I hadn’t heard him comment much about it or seen what duds he was rocking. Thanks to PokerListings.com [4], 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 …