"...he owes me money. Marvin was a witness. We were at the free throw line and he was telling me that they were going to sweep us and all this and, you know, we bet and I never got anything."Questioned as to what Pierce owes, Horford responds:
"Ten thousand."Marvin Williams clarifies the terms of the bet:
"He bet ten thousand we wouldn't win a game."Listening to the interview, the alacrity with which Marvin Williams (paragon of honesty and genuineness by all accounts) jumps into the conversation lends the exchange credence.
At 12:50 of the interview, the subject returns to Pierce and whether Horford and Williams have lost any respect for him. Marvin Williams says:
"Absoultely not. You know, growing up, you know, Paul Pierce was one of the guys I looked up to. At the end of the day, he's a competitor, man, he wants to win just like we want to win and it's never personal."Specifically addressing the unpaid bet makes things personal for him, Al Horford says:
"I'm not mad at him at all. You know, I mean, he's a competitor like you said and, you know, he wants to win. He's a good player so, I mean, it's fine for him to talk. He's a vet."My questions are thus:
- Do players regularly make cash bets during games?
- Do players regularly make cash bets during playoff games?
- Do players regularly make "cash bets" during games that neither party has any intention of paying/collecting?