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June 12, 2003|Larry Stewart

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What: "Beyond the Glory: Paul Pierce."

When: Sunday, 8 p.m., Fox Sports Net, 9 p.m., Fox Sports Net 2.

This edition of "Beyond the Glory" is more like an episode of "Law and Order." The one-hour documentary focuses almost as much on a stabbing incident involving Paul Pierce as it does on his basketball career.

Pierce, the former Inglewood High and Kansas star who now plays for the Boston Celtics, was stabbed at least eight times at a Boston nightclub on Sept. 24, 2000. Exactly why he was victimized by assailants supposedly unknown to him remains a mystery. All Piece says is that he said "Hi" to two women, and then a fight broke out.

Pierce was wearing a leather jacket when he was attacked, and the club was near a hospital. Those two facts probably saved his life.

Two years after the attack, two men associated with the rap group Made Men were convicted of assault and battery.

Of course, there is more to the Pierce story than just the stabbing. As a youngster, he moved to Inglewood from Oakland with his mother. He was a pudgy kid who almost got cut from the Inglewood High team when he was a sophomore. His high school coach, Patrick Roy, is among those interviewed.

So are his longtime friend, Scott Collins, an Inglewood policeman who coached him on a Police Activities League team, and Roy Williams, his college coach.

Pierce would have a good story to tell, even if it weren't for the stabbing. The incident, and how it affected his life, makes it an even better story.

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