It was a trade that took me by surprise. I knew the Boston Celtics were looking forward to the future, but I wasn’t expecting them to trade away 2 of their future hall of fame players.
It just shows that nothing lasts for forever, it’s almost rare to have a player stay with the same team these days, without willingly being traded or signing as a free agent. No matter how successful they have become in the city they first made their debut. Now I know Garnett wasn’t a life long Boston Celtic, but Paul Pierce was.
My little brother is a Celtics fan and I asked him what his opinion on the trade and all I got was ‘Meh’ followed by a ‘As long as they don’t trade Rondo.’
It was said that Paul Pierce spent over an hour on the phone trying to convince Kevin Garnett to waive his no-trade clause and OK the trade to the Brooklyn Nets. Pierce said he realized leaving Boston was an inevitability after head coach Doc Rivers was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Both Garnett and Pierce believed that Brooklyn gave them a great chance to win another championship before they retired. Another thing Pierce has admitted, is that he cries every time he thinks about his first game back in Boston when Brooklyn goes to play the Celtics.
That game better be televised.