Nothing changes you like fatherhood.
You grow up a lot faster. You just mature -- the things you do off the court, every time you step outside. Every time you step on the court you feel like youíve got something new to play for. After playing for yourself, your family, youíve got another person in the world that you have to look after.
My daughter, Prianna Lee, turned two last month. I still remember being in the delivery room. Julie was in labor for six hours. I saw everything. Iíve never seen anything like that, probably as long as Iíve been on this Earth. It was probably the most amazing thing Iíve experienced.
Being a father, it helps you grow, put life in perspective knowing that this little one needs your eye, your teaching, your care for the rest of their life.
I think about it every time I wake up, every time I come home from practice. Now you get done with the game, you get done with practice, I canít wait to get home and see my little daughter. No matter how your day is going, you go home, you see her, she comes running up to me and you forget all your worries.
Iíve had bad days, bad games and she erases all that stuff for me. Thatís the beauty of it. You donít think about any of your worries when sheís in your arms and sheís giving you a hug because she doesnít care about none of that stuff.
As told to Globe reporter Julian Benbow.
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About the authorPaul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »
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