Found July 08, 2013 on
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The Boston Celtics have moved on from an unforgettable era, and a Celtic great thinks the latest players shipped out of Boston still have fuel left in their tanks.
Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers president, believes Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett still have game in their veteran shoes.
“I think they got plenty left,” Bird told ESPN Monday during the Orlando Summer League games. “The way they will be coached and the bench that they have — yeah — they’ll pick their spots. But when the time comes, they’ll be there.”
History has shown that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and company aren’t afraid to take substantial chances and see what the future holds after trading away significant faces. But this offseason is a summer the Celtics have never seen before.
While Bird’s statement does hold weight due to the minor injuries between the two Celtic greats, there is still skepticism and unknown of how much these veteran players still have left. Garnett will always play a prominent role when it comes to growth and development of younger players, and Pierce will bring some kind of scoring production to the table for Jason Kidd and staff, but the length of their contracts are slowly diminishing and are pricy at the latter stages in their careers.
As far as what is expected out of Ainge, Bird acknowledges the situation the Celtics are in and envisions Ainge staying consistent in gaining leverage for years to come.
“Believe me, Danny Ainge knows what he’s doing,” Bird added. “He won a championship. I never doubt Danny Ainge. … [Danny] does a good job. You know, you do get older. You can’t beat Father Time, and I’m sure things will work out.”
With a ton of players stuck on the roster after the blockbuster trade, the Celtics have a lot of ironing to do before the start of training camp. But don’t expect much noise around Rajon Rondo or major players coming to Boston.
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