After the Celtics got embarrassed by the Phoenix Suns Friday night, Paul Pierce addressed the ongoing speculation that his days in a Celtics’ uniform might be numbered. When asked about the Danny Ainge’s recent comments about pursuing trade opportunities and the rumors that Pierce himself is on the block, Pierce looked sullen.
And after a thoughtful pause, respectfully answered the question:
No, they understand. You know what the Celtics have done for me over my career, I’m more than happy. They kept me this long and I’ve been able to play in a lot of good situations. You gotta understand the business.”
“It’s been a while since I’ve been down that road. But I don’t think about it actually.”
Later, when asked if he felt he would still retire as a Celtic, Pierce responded:
“Of course, I feel that way. Yeah.”
Pretty typical stuff from a guy who’s really been through these types of things before. The actual transcript does not accurately capture Pierce’s tone. It could very well have been the fact that the C’s lost to a team they should have beaten. Or maybe it was because Pierce didn’t play particularly well. Whatever it was, Pierce seemed a bit beaten.
See video of Pierce’s comments at ESPN Boston.