“When you look at it, it was kind of nasty because you went to class all sweaty at the time. But, hey, that’s what you had to do back then to get to this point.
“It helped me get a work ethic and it helped me sacrifice. Who wants to wake up at 5:30 to go to the gym? I know nowadays I don’t. But when you’re a kid who had dreams and tried to develop a work ethic, those were the things that you wanted to do. Any chance you got you wanted to get in, and that’s pretty much where it all started.”
--Paul Pierce, NBA Boston Celtics' All-Star, discussing the development of his craft which started in Inglewood, California at the YMCA and Rogers Park Community Center. He often played from early morning until the gyms closed at 10 PM.