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Paul Pierce: “We Can Beat The Best of The Best”

 

Paul Pierce sat down for an engaging one-on-one interview with David Aldridge from NBA.com over the weekend. The two touched upon a number of topics, including trade rumors, Rajon Rondo, Paul’s future in Boston and much, much more. Here are a few of the highlights from the terrific read:

On The East:

Me: When you won in ’08 KG famously said ‘anything is possible!‘ Are you carrying that to this year, especially with all the injuries?

PP: We know we’re going to be a tough out, regardless. I think we’re going to be that team that nobody wants to play in the playoffs. Right now we’re so unpredictable. You don’t know what we’re capable (of). You look up and we play teams, sometimes we lose to bad teams, and then we beat the better teams. We don’t know which Boston team is going to show up, and at any given moment we can get hot and beat the best of the best in the NBA. We’ve shown that we can beat Miami; we’ve shown that we can beat Oklahoma City; we’ve shown we can beat New York. You’re talking about some of the best teams in the NBA. We’re just going to continue to fly under the radar and see what happens.

Me: You want Miami again, don’t you?

PP: I always thrive on wanting to play against the best. Right now, Miami’s the best. It would be nice to see them in the playoffs. Winning’s not easy. In order to win, you’ve got to see the best. And I think it would be fun for the NBA.

On Rondo:

Me: How do you keep Rondo connected to the team this year?

PP: He’s come around to a lot of games, pre-surgery. [Rondo had his right ACL surgically repaired Feb. 12.] He’s had his surgery now, so I’m pretty sure he’s been resting at home. I think he kind of stays in tune with what’s going on. I’m sure he’s watching a lot of games. I’m sure we’ll see him in the locker room throughout the rest of the season. Maybe through phone calls and texts, guys are just keeping him involved, letting him know what we’re doing on the road or where we’re eating at, some of his favorite spots. So I’m sure he’s going to stay connected. Once he starts rehabbing we’ll see him in the weight room, doing things of that nature.

You can check out the full interview by including some quotes from Avery Bradley and Doc Rivers by heading to NBA.com

  • Dan

    This doesn't make it sound like Pierce and Rondo have a great relationship…

    • Jo B.

      I don't expect them to be BFFs, mainly because of the age difference—you'll see that Rondo's closest friends are Perk and Josh Smith, who are closer to Rondo's age. But PP and RR are on good, cordial terms, and that's all I can hope for.

  • High Rollers

    That's weird, those first two comments. The way I read it, Paul has the most interesting relationship with Rondo. As meaningful as KG's, but less explicit. On the floor, even more complicated, because each has an on-the-ball emphasis with the C's. I love that both keep their inner sanctum just that… an inner sanctum. The C's will go far. Because of both RR and PP.

  • emg

    I don't think it's Pierce, I think Rondo is in hiding and Pierce is pretending he's less in hiding than he is. I think he's going into a more private time and possibly not believing he has a role in the season. He might be right.

  • emg

    Also – I do not believe Pierce believes they "can compete with anybody". When people are concealing things they touch their face – see the 'tell' at 0:54 in this interview.
    http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/pierce-defini

    • grennboner

      emg you need a more complete understanding of lie detection.watch which direction his eyes move his right or left.when he says for instance that they let them get to the line too many times he looks to the left which indicates he is lying or making something up.in the interest of not being fined he cannot say that they got to line more because david stern gives the official instructions pre game to favor the superstars or in the playoffs perhaps stretch it to 7 games for profit.all players know that and you can see their spirits drop like in that okc game after the 10th no calll when they get hammered in the paint.the whole team goes iunto a shooting slump at once.so anyway p looked to the right while he was touching his face so that means he was itchy like many of us get.theres only afew people in the world trained to hide the looking left or right tell and its mostly politicians and evebn they suck at it.watch an obama speach and he turns his head left or right to compensate even when he speaks to a camera in an empty room with no audience.also watch for this all the time when you know people are lying and eventually you will trust it and you can use it on anyone including your girlfriend who is undoubtedly fucking a guy with better lie detection skills.

      • tbunny

        Do you also do children's parties?

  • High Rollers

    Are you kidding me with this?

    • High Rollers

      This is for emg.

  • ghoulbuns

    Lol @ tbunny

  • eastern scout

    in your fucking dreams

  • cjkasino

    Grennboner and emg are effin idiots. ..what the hell does obama have to do with this?…ppl always try and find a reason and way to bring Obama into a conversation… get OVER it he’s president lol… anyway back to the topic… everyone who is a realistic knows that the Celtics can beat anyone. .. now that other team that impersonates the Celtics from time to time they can’t beat anyone But the real Celtics u know the one that beat Miami. .. the one that killed the nets on xmas…the one that killed the Lakers in Boston. .thw one that beat Indiana twice. … the one that killed the clippers in Boston before the 4th qtr… those Celtics teams can beat ANY TEAM!

    • grennboner

      the point is that he uses techniques to hide lies from the trained eye.bush was even better at it.you happy now?black power!

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