Paul Pierce explains why he was on a plane with Al Pacino

Paul Pierce with Al Pacino, via Instagram
Paul Pierce with Al Pacino, via Instagram /

Paul Pierce posted a picture of himself with Al Pacino on a private jet. It is the kind of picture you’d expect to see on the “Awesome People Hanging Out Together” Tumblr account.

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But that made some people wonder how that pairing came about, and now Pierce has shared the story.

“I was scheduled to go check out his show out in Vegas,” Pierce told ESPN 980′s Inside the Locker Room on Wednesday. “And it just so happens the day I was leaving, he was leaving. The show was put on by the Bellagio hotel. They invited him. I always stay at the Bellagio. So my host called me and asked me did I want to fly with Al and go to the show. And it was perfect timing.

“I was like, ‘You know what, I’ll think about it. I don’t know if I want to fly with Al Pacino. I don’t know.’ No, I was like ‘Of course!,’ ” Pierce continued.

“So me and a couple of my friends, we had a chance to get on a plane, meet him, talk to him. He’s a cool dude, down to earth dude. You wouldn’t believe how down to earth he is. Shared a couple of stories with him. He loves basketball, he said he followed my career out in Boston and everywhere. So it was fun.

“Then we landed in Vegas, had a chance to watch his show,” Pierce went on. “He did a Q&A once we got to Vegas, and it was awesome. Then we had a chance to go to his room. He had a big suite where we took pictures and kind of mingled with him. And it was a select group of people, and I was part of that.”

Check out the Instagram post below:

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