Now that the summer blockbuster trade has been finalized, Paul Pierce let the public in on his sentiments toward his former team, the Boston Celtics. After being sent to the Brooklyn Nets along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, Pierce has had to get used to another franchise for the first time in his career.
Just like he said when he was joined by Garnett and Ray Allen in Boston right away, Pierce said he thinks the Nets could be great.
“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” he said as the Nets introduced the new additions to the team.
Pierce also acknowledged his love for the Celtics and how he wanted to finish his career there.
“Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”
Pierce is saying all the right things. He wants to win, and to win nowadays it seems as though you must join forces with another star player…or four.
Anyways, Pierce leaves the Celtics with a great legacy. It wasn’t necessarily his choice to leave Boston, therefore the fans can’t have anything but love and respect for him. After head coach Doc Rivers bolted, it was pretty much assumed that the team was going in a different direction.
Having established themselves as more of a rebuilding team after Rivers left, the possibility of Pierce and Garnett both leaving seemed a near certainty. Pierce leaves Boston on great terms, and I agree with him, it would have been special to see him retire a Celtic.