The NBA announced the Eastern and Western Conference All Star rosters today and the Boston Celtics had a usual name omitted from the roster: Paul Pierce. He is a ten-time All Star and has normally been a fixture on the team. It seemed about a month ago that he would be a lock for the game this year, but his play has slipped as of late.
The Celtics cannot complain too much however, as Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were voted by the fans to start the game. It was well overdue for Rondo as he was somehow snubbed from last year’s squad. Garnett has also been a fixture on the team throughout his career, but this year was probably the one season where he didn’t deserve to make the squad. He is still playing well but there is easily a roster worth of guys who have been more deserving based off of this season’s results.
Back to Pierce – is this end for the Los Angeles native? He appears to have at least another season of productive play left in the tank after this year, but there is no question that his career is quickly coming to an end. There is no shame in that as the fact of the matter is he is starting to get old in NBA terms. If the team has a good trade offer for him before the deadline, it wouldn’t be shocking to see GM Danny Ainge move one of the greatest Celtics of all time.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18