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January 15, 2015 Updates

The three-pointer stretched the Wizards’ lead to 10 points with 4 minutes 10 seconds remaining and served as the start to Washington’s impressive, late-game execution as they escaped with a 105-99 win Wednesday night over their fellow Eastern Conference contender. The shot also had some historical significance: It was Pierce’s 1,989th career three-pointer, which moved past former all-star point guard and current Milwaukee Bucks Coach Jason Kidd for fourth on NBA’s all-time list. Washington Post

January 11, 2015 Updates

“He’s the first guy at practice every day. He has his routine, he does it religiously and young guys see it. And obviously he’s had unbelievable success. He’s a Hall of Famer, and a lot of our young players grew up watching him. They were in junior high school and high school when Paul was winning championships and playing at a very high level. And not only that, he’s just a regular, good guy, and he’s fun to be around. “We certainly did our due diligence before we signed him, and we talked to people that played with him and coached him, and they had nothing but great things to say about him and his professionalism and his competitive nature.” Boston Herald

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If I had to single one guy out who is the most difficult player to guard in the league, it would have to be Carmelo. He’s a unique blend of being big, strong, and athletic while also having a world-class shooting touch and a natural ability to get to the rim. That’s what sets him apart — every facet of his game is elite. The Players' Tribune

In my opinion, his combination of physicality and shooting touch is unmatched in the NBA. You can’t take one second off when you’re matched up against him. Kobe is one of the best scorers in NBA history, but I don’t have as much trouble with him in the post as I do with Carmelo. LeBron is a great post-up player, but if you get him to settle for the jumper on some nights, you might be able to slow him down if his shot is off. That’s not the case with Melo. If you give him space to shoot, he’ll make it many more times than he misses it. To put it plainly, he’s not a fun assignment on defense. But then again, none of these guys are. The Players' Tribune

Paul Pierce on Kobe Bryant: He ended up missing the last nine shots of that game with me on him, and we won. But the stat sheet is still vivid in my mind. Kobe took 47 shots. Forty-seven. No one has ever taken 47 shots on me. Most games a team will get up 81 to 89 shots. What you have to understand about Kobe’s game is that by taking that many shots, he’s meticulously wearing down the defender until he breaks them. He’s made a career out of making guys lose confidence in their defense and then continuing to attack them. He’s won five rings doing that. If you want to have any defensive success against Kobe, you can’t break. That’s much easier said than done. The Players' Tribune

Paul Pierce on Tracy McGrady: Since there was no way to stop Tracy’s shot, you just had to do everything you could to make sure he didn’t get in a position to shoot. So I would always do my best to deny Tracy the ball and be physical with him. I always knew that I couldn’t allow easy points in transition against him because then he might heat up. And if a guy with an unblockable shot heats up, well, that’s not good. But limiting transition points against a guy with the physical talent of Tracy was just a nightmare. He was such a tremendous finisher. He’s fast, he’s long and he could jump higher than anybody. And if that wasn’t enough, he was one of the better ball handlers in the league. He’s a rare talent, and when you were up against him, you knew you were in for a tough game because he always had the green light. Well, that’s something all these guys have in common. The Players' Tribune

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Boston hasn’t seen the last of Paul Pierce, and it’s quite possible the Celtic organization hasn’t, either. Fifteen years of learning how to drive on rotaries and strategically leave the “R” off the end of words will not be wasted. Though his new team, the Washington Wizards, has finished the season series with the C’s, the former captain will be back in our area, at least for visits and probably for more than that. “I’ll probably go up there this summer after the season and talk to Danny (Ainge, the C’s president of basketball operations), talk to Wyc (Grousbeck, a co-owner), you know, see what opportunities may open when I’m done,” Pierce told the Herald. Boston Herald

But after working with some of the younger Wizards on a regular basis, he is very much enjoying the process and results of teaching. “I’m not sure, man. I like to keep my options open,” Pierce said. “Coaching could be in my future. I think I still have a lot left to give this game. I always find myself talking to the guys. When we’re going through scouting, I’m giving out pointers. A lot of the assistants say, ‘Man, you’ve got a lot to give this game after you’re done.’ So whether it’s coaching or being a general manager, it’s something I think about. I think it’s something that Kevin (Garnett, his former C’s and Nets teammate) has even thought about. Me and him talked about it. I think he would enjoy coaching. You know, Kevin likes to teach.” Boston Herald

December 28, 2014 Updates

The timing of Rondo’s Dec. 18 trade to Dallas caught Pierce off-guard, but he knew this was a strong possibility once the Celts didn’t get in the running on Kevin Love and couldn’t find another impact player to pair with Rondo. “I was a little bit surprised, especially because trade season starts close to All-Star or after All-Star break,” Pierce said. “Not a lot of trades happen in mid-December. You know, teams are trying to find their stride. Boston Herald

“But we had a chance to talk. We had our weekly mass text, and he understood the situation. The Celtics were either going to go in one direction, build around him, or continue with the youth movement. So I think Rondo understood it. “I was shocked definitely, because I thought this was a year they were going to maybe this summer find some pieces to put around him. But he had a great run in Boston, and as long as he’s happy, that’s all that matters.” Boston Herald

December 27, 2014 Updates

Garnett received a warm welcome from the Garden crowd and while he wouldn't say that this is is final season, the thought has crossed his mind. "I'll always have that special relationship with this city," he said. "I had seen Paul [Pierce, now with the Wizards] the other day. He was in town to play the Knicks. At this stage, when you know that things are not taken for granted, but more appreciated. It [retirement] crosses there [the mind]. Wouldn't lie about that." CSNNE.com

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