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Paul Pierce wasn't born to be a Boston Celtics legend.

In fact, Pierce grew up in Inglewood, Calif., not far from where the Celtics rival Los Angeles Lakers played their home games at the L.A. Forum.

So, how did the kid who was cut from Inglewood High School's varsity team as a freshman and sophomore go on to be an NBA superstar?

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The Celtics and NBC Sports Boston explore the origins of Pierce's greatness in "Inglewood Made: A Paul Pierce Story," a new documentary on Pierce's journey from Inglewood to Boston.

The documentary features interviews with Pierce's family, childhood friends and coaches in Inglewood who knew him best and watched him blossom into an NBA prospect before their eyes.

"I said, 'Paul, watching you play and watching your development, you have a chance to really do something special,' " Pierce's high school coach, Patrick Roy, says in the documentary. "You're NBA-bound."

Roy was right, of course: Boston took Pierce 10th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft, and "The Truth" enjoyed 15 stellar seasons with the C's that culminated with his No. 34 jersey being raised to the TD Garden rafters in 2018.

Watch the full documentary in the video player above, or check it out on YouTube.