Under the watchful eyes of head coach Doc Rivers, the Boston Celtics are finding themselves playing a game of one-upsmanship. Well, one of them is, anyway.â†µ
Paul Pierce has called out Ray Allen, saying that he wants the NBA's soon-to-be all-time leader in three-point shots to challenge him during the All-Star weekend's second-most-renowned skills competition. Pierce, the reigning three-point contest champ, said that it's no knock on Allen, just that he wants to defend his crown against the best of the best.â†µ
"He's the 3-point king,'' Pierce said, "but I'm the 3-point champ.''â†µ
But playing a promoter's role at shootaround yesterday morning, Pierce said he wanted to defend his 3-point title against any and all of the league's top shooters.â†µ
"I'm just trying to go against the best,'' Pierce said. "I'm just trying to figure out who the best shooters are of this era, and I'm just trying to challenge them. Ray's definitely one of them. Who else? Dirk Nowitzki? Peja Stojakovic? I want them all to come out. This is something you might want to see.'â†µ
Rivers will coach the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Feb. 20.