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Paul Pierce Talks Celtics Breakup, Returning to Boston

After spending a significant portion of the summer silent since his press conference in Brooklyn a couple weeks back, Paul Pierce made the rounds this week on the media circuit, catching up with both Slam Magazine and ESPN Radio to reflect on the past, present, and future. A few highlights from those pieces, including a revealing Q and A with SLAM Magazine:

SLAM: I imagine the return to Boston will be pretty emotional.

PP: Oh it’s definitely gonna be emotional. You spend almost half of your life in Boston, so a lot of emotions are gonna run deep, because of friends and the things you accomplished there. The fans there, the season tickets owners—I know a lot of them. I’ll see all those people.

SLAM: Some members of the media have been saying they believe Doc Rivers quit on the Celtics. How do you feel about all that?

PP: Well, I know the insides with everything that’s going on. A lot of stuff got blown out of proportion because of the media, but Doc has always said he didn’t want to be a part of a rebuilding situation. I’ve always stated that the past four or five years. After the season, the owners decided they wanted to go in that direction. It made Doc look like he was quitting but at the same time it was mutual—everything was mutual at the end. The trade, Doc leaving. I didn’t want to be a part of rebuilding; Kevin didn’t want to be a part of rebuilding; Doc didn’t want to be part of rebuilding. I think it was all mutual. We’ve done so much for the franchise that they wanted to help on our end. So Doc went to L.A., and they sent us to Brooklyn for a chance to win a Championship. That’s pretty much the way it was. Nothing more, nothing less.

Pierce also dismissed the possibility of a preseason game in October ruining his homecoming to Boston, hinting that he’ll stay back in Brooklyn for the exhibition visit, according to ESPN Radio New York:

Pierce wishes his Jan. 26 return to Boston were sooner in the regular season.

“You just want to get it out of the way. When you gotta go through something tough, I’ve always been a guy that just wants to get it out of the way. It’s gonna be in the back of my mind,” Pierce said.

Pierce added that he does not plan to go to Boston for the preseason meeting there against the Celtics.

“I’ll do it just one time next year,” he said

Finally, Pierce did what he does best…get Knicks fans riled up with his trash talk.

“I think the hate [for the Knicks] has grown a little. Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level,” Pierce said on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show” on Thursday. “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”

It will be fun rooting for Brooklyn for Boston fans, if and when those two teams face off in the postseason next year.

  • rover

    one question was missing…..do you think of playing for the celtis again ?????

  • GailH

    As long-time Celts fans, we don't want to be part of re-building, either: I think Ainge, et als., made a bunch of dumb decisions.

    We'll be watching Doc–and the Nets, maybe not with the paying-mega-bucks-for-the-all-access NBA channels, and sadder, but we're not much interested in what the Celts do now.

  • Hah

    That sounds like what Bill Simmons said. Pierce just agreed with Bill.

  • james patrick

    I think Paul and KG retire celtics. I think they win a title with the Nets and each comes back, at the very least in a ceremonious, 1 game kinda way, just so they retire Celtics. Nothing but love for those guys.

    Now the question is, how fast can Ainge right this ship?

    • janos

      hi james patrick
      i am very much look of forward fix team us

  • BeanMan

    I am excited about our rebuilding effort. At the same time, I am going to miss Pierce along with KG and Doc, albeit to a lesser extent. Pierce is truly a class act, through and through! I hope he'll come back next year!

  • corey

    PP and Kg did what they had to do in boston no question, all three of them didn't want any part of rebuilding, so that's on them. what ainge didn't think about was the fans opinion on the departure. but it is how it is, the Celtics will do great with rondo and green still believe they are playoff threats.