Thomas Robinson grew up watching Paul Pierce. He was just shy of his eighth birthday when Pierce made his NBA debut in 1999, and had seen him play countless games for the Boston Celtics by the time he enrolled in Pierce's alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Two years ago, Robinson, now a rookie on the Sacramento Kings, met Pierce for the first time during the 2011 lockout when Pierce returned to campus. Robinson was preparing for his junior season and was surprised to see the NBA veteran seeking out some competitive action.

"It was pretty cool because guys don't come back sometimes because they're busy," Robinson said. "For him to be Paul Pierce and play with us, it was cool. He was just relaxed about everything, like no worries at all."

Once on the court, though, Pierce's demeanor changed.

"[He played] like he was in the playoffs," Robinson said. "I expect the same thing (in the Celtics - Kings game), only I'm sure it'll be ten times more."

Pierce lived up to Robinson's expectations on Wednesday night. He posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in 31 minutes during the Celtics 99-81 win over the Kings.