HoopsHype Paul Pierce rumors

January 25, 2014 Updates

The Celtics are expected to run two video tributes with Garnett first (likely at the game's first timeout) then Pierce (likely after the first quarter). Celtics first-year coach Brad Stevens said he'll hurry his team in and out of the huddle at those breaks in order to appropriately acknowledge what those players meant to the organization. But no need to save a box of Kleenex for Rajon Rondo, the only holdover from that Big Three era and the guy who won a title with Pierce and Garnett. "Have you seen me tear before?" asked Rondo. Told no, he smiled and offered, "OK then." ESPN.com

That's why Perkins is a big believer that when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett return to the TD Garden on Sunday for the first time since being traded to Brooklyn, it will be an emotional time for both players. Especially Pierce who spent his entire NBA career with Boston until the blockbuster trade this summer sent him and Garnett along with Jason Terry, to the Nets. "I expect it to be crazy," said Perkins. "I expect them to get a pretty good welcome back which is well deserved, I think." CSNNE.com

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Brooklyn Nets small forward Paul Pierce surpassed former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson for 19th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list early in the second quarter of Saturday night’s 89-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center. Pierce, who finished with 17 points, entered the game two points behind Iverson (24,368). Pierce now has 24,383 career points. Next up on the list? New York Knicks great Patrick Ewing (24,815). “It’s just a tribute to my longevity,” Pierce said. “Just being able to stay healthy and continuing to work on my craft, and playing with a lot of good teammates over the years.” ESPN.com

January 3, 2014 Updates

Still, they needed one final clutch basket from the guy who's made so many of them. In the past season-plus, during the final 30 seconds of a game in which the margin is no more than three points, Johnson is 12-for-14. Naturally, he asked Jason Kidd for the ball. And Kidd obliged. "We believe in him. He has the resume," said Paul Pierce, who started at power forward as Kidd teamed him with Deron Williams (season-high 29 points, six three-pointers, five steals), Shaun Livingston, Johnson and Kevin Garnett. "When you have the resume, everybody's trust is in him. You know, we trust him that he's gonna get the good shot. It's good to have a guy like that on your team. "We believe. I mean, it don't matter. I could have been on fire. D-Will's on fire. This is our guy down the stretch. Like I said, the resume is there. He's our guy, and if he's 1-for-15 or 1-for-20, we want him with the ball with five seconds left on the clock." Newsday

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So far, the one thing Nets players have done this season is stick together publicly, avoiding finger-pointing. That seemed to change a bit after Wednesday’s game, however, when Pierce — after failing to speak to reporters Monday — seemed to call out his teammates for their inability to stand up and fight when faced with adversity. “You can say what you want about individuals or certain people being mentally tough, but it has to be everybody,” Pierce said. “I can’t speak for everybody all the time. If this was an individual sport, I could speak for myself. But you know, some people respond to adversity different, no matter who is around or who says anything to them.” New York Post

After struggling through a 1-for-8, six-point afternoon Wednesday, Pierce admitted that the broken bone in his right hand “isn’t all the way healed.” “My hand is as comfortable as it’s going to be,” Pierce said after the Nets were blown out by the Chicago Bulls 95-78 at Barclays Center. “The bone isn’t all the way healed, but it’s good enough to play.” ESPN.com

December 24, 2013 Updates

Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce was fined $15,000 on Tuesday for his flagrant foul on Pacers guard George Hill during the team’s loss at home to Indiana on Monday night. SI.com

Stefan Bondy: Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett did not talk to the media. They also did not talk to the media in the morning shootaround. Twitter @NYDNInterNets

December 23, 2013 Updates

SLAM: Seems like it was the right choice—you got a ring and you seem to be in a good place. When you saw the team get broken up and sent to Brooklyn, what were your initial thoughts? Ray Allen: Just like I thought. That was my thought. Going into the situation, they were going to blow it up. I told my wife, “Imagine where we would be right now.” People were disgruntled and angry because I left, but it would’ve been easier for them if I got traded away. They felt better about it themselves. SLAM

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