It was a day of new beginnings in Brooklyn, as the Nets officially introduced Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the media and a lucky batch of season ticket holders at the Barclays Center. It was the first time Garnett and Pierce had spoke on the record about their departures from Boston. Our friend Chris Forsberg from ESPNBoston.com was on the scene and had a number of candid comments from the former Celtics.
On KG considering retirement this offseason: “Absolutely,” Garnett responded when asked about considering hanging up his high-tops. “Because of Paul’s situation with the Celtics, and Paul is a huge part of playing together and accomplishing things, which makes this whole thing kind of bittersweet. I’m leaving one chapter and opening another, and I’m able to do it with guys that I’ve known for a long time.”
On Pierce returning for a game in Boston: “I know it’s going to be really emotional,” said Pierce, his face unable to hide his feelings. “I have already pictured it in my head probably about 100,000 times. And every time I picture it, I shed tears. So I’m trying to… ”
His voice trailed and he collected himself a bit.
“It’s going to be difficult, man. I don’t know. It’s going to be difficult,” added Pierce.
Pierce on leaving Boston: “I thought the writing was on the wall,” said Pierce. “You saw Doc was leaving, [Rajon] Rondo was hurt, probably not going to be back until probably December, January, who knows? … If I was a GM and I looked at the situation, and one day I probably plan on being a GM if that’s possible, I probably would have made the same decision. There’s some sentimental things that go along with me and Danny being together for so long, [but] at the end of the day, he works for the Boston Celtics; he doesn’t work for Paul Pierce. He works for a franchise that’s going to be around a lot longer than me, and he has to make the best decisions that he can for that franchise. And, if I was in his position, I think moving forward, I would have done the same thing.”
Forsberg has much more from both players over at ESPNBoston.com, so be sure to hop over there for even more coverage.