|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM|
What do you think of Paul's comments about Ray? My first reaction was that he's holding back. Come on Pierce, tell us how you really feel.
Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce admitted he's a "little bitter" about Ray Allen's decision to go to Miami and said it will be "weird" going up against him on opening night next season, but Pierce expressed gratitude for what Allen brought to Boston, including helping the Celtics win a title.
"Ray made the best decision for him," Pierce told the team's official website Thursday in his first public offseason comments during a video interview. "That’s what it’s all about: You get in these situations, you become a free agent, and you make a decision based on what’s best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization, will never be forgotten."
Pierce giving that lame answer that all NBA players give. He did it for his family. Are you sure? Why's it best for his family? Moving them from Boston to Miami? I won't get on you Paul for saying that. But kudos to Pierce for calling him his brother. He's right, he will never be forgotten. For helping us win banner 17, and for turning on the Celtics.
Pierce said that, despite the departure of Allen, he is a fan of what Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and his staff have been able to do this offseason, reassembling much of the core, highlighted by a three-year contract extension for Kevin Garnett.
"I love what Danny’s been able to do," said Pierce. "It was a tough decision this summer; A lot was riding on what direction we were going to head in. It was just a domino effect, once we signed Kevin, we knew were going to try to make another run at it. That’s pretty much the way I looked at it. Once we signed him, a number of guys were able to jump on board.
"I thought Danny did a good job of trying to replace Ray Allen. As you know Ray Allen went off to Miami, on his choice, but he was a great teammate, it was fun playing with him. But I think the guys coming in here -- Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, trying to get a healthy Jeff Green, even some of our rookies -- I think we’ve added a lot more depth, and it’s going to take a lot of pressure off me this upcoming season."
The pressure should be off of Pierce. Danny has built a team to win now, but it will take Pierce, and KG to execute the master plan of Danny's. I'm glad Pierce sees it the way I do. Danny has players to help take the load off of Pierce, but lets hope Pierce continues to see it that way. Overall, Pierce didn't say what we wanted to hear about Ray. But you know deep inside, Pierce is very upset, or he's thinking who cares. Danny built a better team without you on it. I say yes, Danny has built a better team.