Paul Pierce of the Brooklyn Nets (that still feels weird to type) spoke on Friday about the events the led him (as well as Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry) leaving the Boston Celtics. Pierce said the turning point was when point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a knee injury.
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.
It was like a domino effect. 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.
While it was certainly tough to see Pierce leave the Celtics, it’ll be exciting to watch him help the Nets run New York City.
[Source: Boston Herald]