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.
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