It was not as emotional a homecoming the second time around, but Paul Pierce was greeted with a standing ovation last night upon returning to the TD Garden for a second time as a member of the Brooklyn Nets.
After the game, Pierce held court with the Boston media and reflected on his time with Boston, Rajon Rondo and the possibility he could finish his career back in Beantown. Here are a few of the highlights via Chris Forsberg at ESPNBoston.com
On whether he could finish his career in Boston: “Yeah, why not? Maybe play for them, maybe work for them. Who knows what the future holds?”
On returning to Boston last night: “It’s always emotional when you step into this gym that you’ve spent your whole life playing in. The tribute last time made it so much more emotional and the cheers. But every time I come into this gym, because I always seen the fans and the people who have been around all these years, it’s always going to be emotional because you miss them since you’ve known them so long. Not at the same level it was last time, but it’s always going to be there.”
On Boston’s future: ”They are a young team, they got a mix of some veterans, some young guys they are developing and they are only going to get better,” said Pierce. “[Rajon] Rondo is leading them right now, moving into the next generation of Celtics. I think their future is going to be very bright. ”I know the Celtics are going to do whatever it takes. They’ve got great owners, great management to get back to that top level again.”