Saturday, March 8, 2014

Paul Pierce Open to Boston Return

Speaking to the media after the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Boston Celtics 91-84 Friday night, Nets forward Paul Pierce did not close the door on a possible return to the Celtics organization in the future.

"Yeah, why not?" Pierce said, “Maybe play for them, maybe work for them. Who knows what the future holds?"

Last summer the 16-year veteran along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were traded to Brooklyn to kick off the Celtics rebuilding efforts. Pierce, 36 made his second visit to Boston as a Net Friday night.

Brooklyn, looking to improve upon their playoff seeding before postseason play begins reached over the .500 mark this past week for the first time this season - Pierce seems more at ease with his role after a shaky start to begin the season. With the difficult task of accumulating himself in a new environment for the first time in his career Pierce struggled mightily early on before finding his footing.  

Drafted tenth overall in the 1998 NBA Draft Pierce spent 13 years as Celtics captain - playing through the good, the bad and the ugly. The organizations fortunes changed for the better in the summer of 2007 when president of basketball operations Danny Ainge acquired fellow all-stars Garnett and Ray Allen. The Celtics went on to win the 2008 NBA Championship with Pierce garnering Finals MVP honors.  Five more successful seasons followed before Ainge decided to make the painful decision to trade stalwarts Pierce and Garnett.

A possible return to Boston could take place this summer at the earliest. Pierce, in the last year of his contract is set to be an unrestricted free agent this July. 

Pierce noted that it would always be an emotional experience playing at TD Garden as an opponent.

"It’s always emotional when you step into this gym that you’ve spent your whole life playing in," said Pierce. "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."

Pierce visions a bright future ahead for the franchise. "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."

With Pierce’s respect for the Celtics franchise he seems destined to return to the organization in some capacity one-day either as a player or an executive.


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