Maxwell: Pierce better not rely on poker


Maxwell: Pierce better not rely on poker

With the NBA lockout in place, Celtics captain Paul Pierce has made it to Day 2 of the World Series of Poker.

Asked to assess Pierce's game, Celtics radio color analyst Cedric Maxwell joked he should stay away from the tables when his basketball career is done.

"If he's going to do that, he'll have no money at all," Maxwell said with a laugh on Comcast SportsNet New England's Sports Sunday. "He'll have less money than Antoine Walker, if he's depending on the World Series of Poker to win that money.

"Paul Pierce is a pretty good poker play, but playing with the professionals right now? No. Paul Pierce does not have it," said Maxwell. "He has the money to play, but no."

Out of the NBA, Walker plead guilty earlier this year to passing bad checks in Las Vegas. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay off 750,000 in debt to two casinos.

Mike Gorman: 'No thanks on Carmelo Anthony to the Celtics'

Mike Gorman: 'No thanks on Carmelo Anthony to the Celtics'

The New York Knicks arrive in Boston tonight with the accompanying "Melo-drama" of Carmelo Anthony's disintegrating relationship with team president Phil Jackson.

Anthony would have to waive his no-trade clause to leave New York and Boston has been an oft-rumored destination. 

On "The Toucher and Rich Show", the longtime voice of the Celtics, Mike Gorman, said he hopes it doesn't happen. 

"I don't get it. I don't see it," Gorman said. "He's a ball stopper. One of the things that always intrigued me about Carmelo is when he's played with Team USA or an Olympic team, often he's the best player. Then you go and see him in a regular-season game and you say, 'Oh no, no."'

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