When Paul Pierce was acquired by the Brooklyn Nets this past offseason, I highly doubt he thought he’d morph into a reserve. But that’s apparently going to be the case going forward as head coach Jason Kidd confirmed he has no intention of moving Pierce into the startling lineup, despite Pierce being healthy:
Sliding Pierce out of the starting lineup during the three games since his return from a fractured hand has worked, and Nets coach Jason Kidd sees no reason to change things at the moment. By having him headline the Nets’ second unit, Kidd thinks he can help work Pierce into a groove as he finds a comfort level with the glove.
Pierce, for what it’s worth, has said he’s fine coming off the bench but, what else can he say?
In fairness to Kidd, Pierce even prior to his injury was struggling severely and bringing him off the bench may take some pressure off the former All-Star, so it’s a move that could be beneficial going forward.
It’s highly unlikely Kidd will keep Pierce on the bench for too long, though for now it’s a role that will remain unchanged.