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Pierce: Believes Rondo injury was the domino effect for rebuild

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 10, 2013 at 1:45 AM



I don't disagree with Pierce about Rondo's season ending injury. I do feel that Ainge would have made this move this coming season if the Celtics didn't perform well in the playoffs with Rondo. I think Ainge expected a title or rebuild in some ways if the Celtics didn't win it all in 2013. Danny was close at the trade deadline with dealing Pierce or KG, and he gave them one more chance.


Boston Herald


January 27, 2013 is the date that sticks out in Paul Pierce’s mind. It was on that winter day — before the Celtics took out the Miami Heat in dramatic fashion during a 100-98 double-overtime victory at the TD Garden — that the team learned point guard Rajon Rondo would need surgery to repair a tear in his ACL, ending his season.

Knowing that the clock was ticking down on the Celtics’ core with every passing game, and knowing the uncertainty surrounding the health of Rondo heading into this season, Pierce looks back at that season-changing moment as a big reason why he is now wearing a Brooklyn Nets uniform and not the one he has donned for the past 15 NBA seasons.

“It would be hard to contend,” Pierce told the Herald on the last day of his camp at Basketball City in the shadow of the TD Garden. “I saw the vision. I saw all that. As a player I’m selfish. I want what’s going to be good for me and the team. But you’ve got to look at the management looking at what’s down the road. If it’s up to me I would want to rebuild to win a championship by bringing players in. They were looking at the future, down the line.

“Rajon might not be here for the beginning of the year or however long he takes, so it would be tough for us to be a contender or get into a position to contend. Everybody saw that and I think that helped the decision on both sides.”

The chain reaction of the offseason moves came swifter than a wrecking ball taking out an abandoned building. Doc Rivers was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, and on Draft Night, the Celtics and Nets worked out the framework of a deal completely altering both franchises.

Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were moved to Brooklyn officially after the July moratorium was lifted, and the Celtics got back Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, three future first-round draft picks and the chance to start over.

“It was like a domino effect,” Pierce said. “It was like (the Rondo injury) was there and then Doc. When you put all that stuff together, you know the writing was on the wall.”



"As a player I’m selfish". Paul was unable to let go of his power 100% with Rondo. I believe he'll do it with the Nets. Paul had that little brother mentality with Rondo. 


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6 Comments

Reply rcraig617
2:50 AM on August 10, 2013 
It might work out in brooklyn though because deron williams isn't as stubborn a person as rondo and deron williams can play off the ball better then rondo so paul will be able to have the ball in his hands alot and williams can run off screens or spot up which aren't rondo's strengths.
Reply rcraig617
2:50 AM on August 10, 2013 
Also Paul is right about rondo's injury being the beginning of the end.
Reply C'slife
2:57 AM on August 10, 2013 
rcraig617 says...
It might work out in brooklyn though because deron williams isn't as stubborn a person as rondo and deron williams can play off the ball better then rondo so paul will be able to have the ball in his hands alot and williams can run off screens or spot up which aren't rondo's strengths.


I agree that Rondo doesn't play off the ball well. But how does Paul Pierce get along with Joe Johnson who dominates the ball a lot to be an effective scorer?
Reply paul
7:01 AM on August 10, 2013 
There is something very endearing about Pierce. He's told seven different stories, but it seems like he is himself confused in a way about why things didn't work out better, or differently. Its true that Rondo going down changed things. But I think the 'bottom line' was that it became clear that this could not be Rondo's team while Pierce was here.
Reply jlil89
5:12 PM on August 10, 2013 
paul says...
There is something very endearing about Pierce. He's told seven different stories, but it seems like he is himself confused in a way about why things didn't work out better, or differently. Its true that Rondo going down changed things. But I think the 'bottom line' was that it became clear that this could not be Rondo's team while Pierce was here.


100% Fact

This was for the best
Reply paul
8:06 PM on August 10, 2013 
jlil89 says...
100% Fact

This was for the best


It's touching. I feel like Pierce really wanted things to work out. Maybe if Doc had been more concerned with actually addressing problems than with schmoozing everyone, things would have worked out better. I mean, I don't know, but that's my take on Doc.