|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM|
Was it weird? Yes it was, and another dose of reality hit home tonight when Paul Pierce was on the other side. No hard feelings tonight, and it was nice to see Rondo and Pierce joking with one another on the sideline tonight.
Paul Pierce strolled into the visitor’s locker room armed with a smile Tuesday.
He threw an arm around Phil Lynch, the Celtics’ director of team security, and asked where everyone was, but most were either on the court, in the weight room, or elsewhere. By then, the preseason game here at the Barclays Center wasn’t schedule to tip for about an hour.
No matter. Pierce had come to greet his former teammates before they faced off for the first time since he joined the Brooklyn Nets, and he still planned to do just that.
Pierce found guard Avery Bradley, hugged him, and congratulated him on the recent birth of his son. Pierce asked what Bradley named him. “Avery,” Bradley said. Pierce liked that. Then the 36-year-old forward saw Walter McCarty.
“What up, coach McCarty?” Pierce said before hugging the new Celtics assistant coach and his former teammate.
Pierce then walked toward the back of the room, shouting “Where my boys at?” He disappeared into a room opposite the showers and laughter and high-fives could be heard. Pierce came back out, hugged forward Brandon Bass and a few team staff members, greeted a few Boston-based reporters by name, then walked out.
Former Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce invaded the visiting locker room at the Barclays Center before Tuesday's preseason game against his old team.
Pierce, traded to Brooklyn with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry as part of a nine-player, three-draft pick blockbuster swap this offseason, circled the room to greet former teammates as well as team staffers. After spending the first 15 years of his NBA career with the Celtics, Pierce will play against the team he helped to a world title in 2008 for the first time on Tuesday night.
Pierce did not talk to reporters before Tuesday's game. Former teammate Jeff Green said it was good to see Pierce again, but remained focused on the game.
"He’s got to go do what he’s got to do, but it’s good to see his face," Green said. "I haven’t seen him in a while."
Nets coach Jason Kidd admitted it will be different for Pierce seeing the Celtics on the visitor's side.
"Probably seeing that green jersey on the other side will kind of be different," Kidd said. "But I think he is a professional and he will handle it well."