1977 – Happy 36th birthday to Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34), who is entering his 16th NBA season. He had spent his entire playing career with the Boston Celtics and is the franchise leader in 3-pointers, free throws and steals. Pierce led the Celtics to an NBA-best 56 playoff wins since 2008. The team also had a combined 370 regular-season and playoff team wins, tied for the second-most in the league in that span.
1961 – Happy 52nd birthday to current Los Angeles Clippers head coach and former NBA point guard Doc Rivers, who is coming off nine seasons with the Celtics. He led them to six consecutive winning seasons, including the 2008 championship. Rivers also played 13 seasons in the league and was selected to the 1988 All-Star Game. During his playing career, he had one of the best steal percentages in history.