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Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett still going strong

Kevin Garnett was not exaggerating about his relationship with Paul Pierce. Despite Garnett being 17 months older than Pierce, they were part of the high school class of 1995 and the two often played ball together during summers while participating in basketball camps.

Back then, Pierce was a highly touted swingman, headed for the University of Kansas. And Garnett was a 6-foot-10-inch center with point-guard skills, but one who was susceptible to being bullied by stronger players, such as man-child Schea Cotton, whom Garnett called “LeBron before LeBron.”

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