NBA All Star forward and future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce sat down with DuJour magazine for a one on one interview about the upcoming season and how being a father has affected him as a player.
Here is what the 35-year-old Pierce had to say about fatherhood and how his two kids feel about having a dad who is a superstar in the NBA.
DJ: You have two girls and a 5-month old son, Prince-do you think he’ll follow in your footsteps? PP: I can’t ask him to try to be like his dad. Whatever his path is going be, it will be. And I just want to put all the best opportunities out there for him.
DJ: What about your daughters-are they into sports? PP: They’re 5 and 2, and definitely girly girls. I try to get them to stop handing Prince their play dolls, because he’s part of the man group now. We need to get him some GI Joes.
DJ: What’s the best part about fatherhood? PP: They don’t care about Daddy playing basketball-they don’t care about Daddy having a bad game. When I come home, it’s all hugs and kisses. Before I had kids, I’d be down for a couple days after a bad game. But now if I have a bad game, I go home and the kids don’t care. They’re just smiling and want to come hug me and they’re happy that I’m home. I love it.
It’s great to see players like Paul talking about the impact that fatherhood has on their careers. He is obviously taking the time to be a part of his kid’s lives regardless of his busy schedule. Kudos to P Squared.