Paul Pierce clutched a microphone and turned toward the smattering of fans inside the high school gym that nurtured him into a basketball legend through early adolescence and late, sweaty nights.
"What's up, Inglewood?" Pierce bellowed.
A favorite son was back, right on schedule for a city that hopes to experience NFL excitement but has already captured NBA glory thanks to the chubby kid who sprouted into a champion with the Boston Celtics and hopes to do the same after joining his hometown Clippers.
Pierce coached a midnight madness-style intrasquad scrimmage at Inglewood High on Wednesday night, which would lead some to the easy narrative of the star...