HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

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Paul Pierce would consider a return to the Boston Celtics, both as a player and coach. Speaking to the media after the Brooklyn Nets' 91-84 loss to the Boston Celtics, Pierce revealed that a return in the future in some capacity could be in the cards. "Yeah, why not?" Pierce said when asked if he would possibly play for the Celtics again. "Maybe as a player, maybe as a coach. Who knows what the future holds?" Celtics Blog

Pierce's future in Boston is not just limited to basketball, as he is planning on planting his roots in the city. "Ultimately, what I would like to do is have a business in Boston," he said. "Maybe like a sports bar. I would love to do something like that here. None of the former Celtic great players have come and done that. I thought about it, and why hasn't anyone come and opened up a nice restaurant? You see the Don Shula restaurant, the Michael Jordan restaurant, and Magic [Johnson] got the theaters in LA. Why nobody here? All this history, all these championships and love, why has nobody done that? "I am going to still have relationships here. I'm always going to come to this city. Every year, when I'm done, I'm going to have a reason to come here." Celtics Blog

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What social media he's on... Paul Pierce: I am on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. ... Twitter, I’ll tweet when I’m rooting for a game, I always tweet out photos of my family on Halloween or on vacation, and I do use it to share what my corporate partners want to communicate. Instagram is photo-heavy and I use it when at events or on the road taking photos, and Facebook is a combo of the two. Facebook my management team usually manages for me, and they curate from everything that’s on Twitter and Instagram as well as good articles that are being written about me or my team and my foundation. NetsDaily

February 24, 2014 Updates

“He is a regular person,” Pierce said. “You have people who make their choices. I think, along our society, we tend to think of each other and make rules and say what’s right and wrong, and that’s not fair, to say what’s right and wrong. As long as it’s not against the law or something where you’re violating other people’s rights, then so be it. “This is America. You have freedom of speech, you have the freedom to do a lot of things you want to do here. We welcome him with open arms, and I’m happy he’s the one that I know and has the courage to be able to come out and say it. The good thing about this team is that we’ve embraced him. I think the NBA has embraced him. I think the sports world has embraced him, and that’s going to be good moving forward.” New York Post

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He did decline to describe KG's trash talk, but instead recounted a story Paul Pierce told him about how an unnamed Celtics rookie trash-talked Garnett himself! KG didn't respond to the rookie but turned to Pierce and asked him to tell the rookie to stop it ... until he has 1,000 points or $500,000 in the bank. NetsDaily

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Even after Monday’s heartbreaking loss to the division-leading Raptors, when Williams threw the game away in the final 12 seconds, the Nets are in a far different situation from a month ago, when they opened the new year 11 games under .500. “It’s not only helped us, but it’s helped everybody,” Pierce said of he and Garnett getting more comfortable with their surroundings. “But the biggest thing about this turnaround is we never got down on one another. “We’ve never had the finger pointing, we’ve never put the blame on anybody but ourselves. We kept coming to work, kept staying professional because we still believed we’d turn this thing around. The thing is: When you believe and you continue to get through the tough patches, it shows how things can kind of turnaround, and that’s what you see right now.” New York Post

Walker, on the other hand, is trying to find work in the NBA at age 37, having run into financial hardship. He averaged at least 20 points in five of his seven seasons in Boston and reached three All-Star Games. He watched Sunday’s Celtics-Nets game, in which Pierce and Kevin Garnett were saluted in their return, from his home in Chicago, without a tinge of bitterness but definitely with some what-ifs. “I knew it was going to be difficult for Paul and KG just because you’ve given your all, especially for Paul, a guy who’s played 15 seasons in Boston,” Walker said Monday afternoon. “The Boston fans have seen him grow from being a rookie to probably a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His number is definitely going up in the rafters. I knew it was going to be emotional for him.” Boston Globe

“I think what I did in Boston was great; I think it was good for the time,” he said. “We accomplished what we could accomplish with the personnel that we had. Me and Paul did a great job of being a high-scoring duo. I don’t think our personnel was at a championship level. I think they did a great job of adding two Hall of Famers in Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. I still feel like we were a few pieces away. “Boston was great for me as an individual. As a player, the organization treated me great. I couldn’t ask for a better organization. I consider it my second home. When I came back with Dallas, just the standing ovation that I got, it’s heartwarming knowing the people appreciate the work ethic and the things you do.” Boston Globe

Being part of the same AAU programs and close to the same age, Pierce and Walker were close during their Celtics years. Walker was there for support during Pierce’s stabbing incident, and the two took the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals in 2002. Over the past several years, however, the bond hasn’t been as strong. “We were very close when we played [together] but as our careers took different paths we lost a little connection there,” Walker said. “Paul’s gotten married. He has kids. I was going through what I was going through in my personal life, so we lost contact. I’m still very much connected to the game and watched his career grow and progress and still a huge fan of Paul’s. He’s still one of my top players in the league. “Sometimes different directions in life, you lose contact. But the bond that we shared for the years we played together will always been special. We’ve had an opportunity over the last few years to bump into each other over the summer and it’s always the same. The love is still there. We always have the utmost respect for each other, so I’m happy for him. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” Boston Globe

January 27, 2014 Updates

As he walked into the locker room, Pierce discovered a familiar face ashen and shaken, slumping on a stool in a stunned silence. Pierce walked over and asked Jamie Young: "What's wrong, man?" Yahoo! Sports

For seven years Young had worked for the Celtics as a video coordinator until he was promoted to the endless road life of an advance scout. And now in this moment of organizational euphoria, he tried to make sense of the telephone call that had come hours earlier: Without warning, his 56-year-old father died of a heart attack in the small Indiana town where he had raised Young. "I'm going to pay for his funeral," Pierce told Young. "I'm going to pay for everything." Yahoo! Sports

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