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Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck joined Mut and Merloni on WEEI 93.7 FM for an hour long interview this Tuesday. When asked about the legacy of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, and whether they would have their numbers retired in the rafters with the other legends, Grousbeck said that he didn’t really want to think about that while these guys were still playing. However, later he said “How could we not?” after being asked again about retiring Pierce and KG’s number. “He [Garnett] was defensive player of the year the year we won. He doubled down with us this offseason. These are guys I can’t imagine giving those numbers out to anyone else.”
Wyc (2nd from the left) along with the Garnett, Pierce, Doc Rivers, and the 2008 Champion Celtics at the White House
These comments came after speculation that the C’s two veteran star players were going to be moved at the trade deadline. Garnett’s name came up repeatedly in one specific scenario, a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan, but K.G. categorically refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the deal fell through. Apparently, K.G.’s old friends Chauncy Billups and Chris Paul couldn’t convince him to join a legitimate title contender in an area that he is familiar with (he lives in Malibu during the off season). If nothing else, this demonstration of loyalty–Garnett’s commitment to finish his career in Boston– indicates that he deserves his number in the rafters at the Garden.
Pierce was the subject of multiple rumors, including deals with the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks, but Grousbeck said that the front office did not feel they were being offered adequate compensation for one of the greatest scorers in Celtics’ history. He told WEEI that “We did not receive good enough offers to make any moves last week. The deals just weren’t there” Boston has essentially decided to stand pat and see what this team can do without Rajon Rondo on the floor for the rest of the season.
So far it’s been a mixed bag. The immediate results after Rondo and Jared Sullinger went down for the season with injuries were extremely positive. They put together an incredible seven-game win streak, but on have regressed during their recent road trip as they dropped three of five games. When asked about this team’s goals for the rest of the season, Grousbeck said that “We believe we’ve got a chance this year to do something important, to show these younger players what it means to be a Celtics team fighting hard in the playoffs” and that kind of fighting spirit was on full display in the last game of their west coast trip.
The C’s pulled a gritty win in overtime over a tough Utah Jazz team, thus showing some of the younger players and new additions what it means to be part of a proud Celtic tradition. Garnett brought the pride back to this franchise when he signed with Boston back in 2007, but this team’s mystique has faded a bit over the past couple of years. Still, Grousbeck told WEEI how much he respects everything these players have done and how he feels about watching them finish their careers with the Celtics. “What they did last night on the 5th game in 7 nights is something else. I love watching them. The day that Paul, KG, Doc or Rondo is gone, I’m going to miss them forever.”
BEST OF MAXIM
We recently learned that Paul Pierce is playing through neck pain, but no one realized how bad it was until today.
“I probably won’t be fully recovered from it until the season is over, if I ever do,” Pierce said. “I probably have a little bit of nerve damage in my back, part of my neck. It’s something that I’ve been playing through over the last several months. I’m...
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The Boston Celtics have retired more jersey numbers than any other professional sports team in the USA with a count of 21. And according to co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, it looks like both #34 and #5 will be added to the rafters when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett retire in the near future.
In an interview with WEEI.com, Grousbeck said this about Pierce:
“We’re going to retire...
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Carmelo Anthony's wife, La La, recently discussed the infamous Honey Nut Cheerios incident that allegedly occurred between her husband and Kevin Garnett.
As if there were really any doubt, Celtics fans can rest assured that No. 34 and No. 5 will indeed hang from the rafters of the TD Garden one day, along with the numbers worn by rest of the Celtics’ all-time greats.
Wyc Grousbeck, managing partner and co-owner of the Celtics, confirmed Tuesday that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, future Hall of Famers who helped bring a 17th NBA...
Washed up. Over the hill. On the decline.
Those are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Boston Celtics’ captain Paul Pierce these days.
But while the 14-year veteran might just laugh them off as nonsensical banter, his stat line suggests otherwise.
Through 57 games for the Celtics, Pierce is averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists in over 33.9 minutes per...
The aging Boston Celtics aren't even pretending to be young anymore. Paul Pierce is playing with a pain in his neck, literally. At 35 years old, the aches and pains of the game have to catch up. In Pierce's case, they are catching up in the form of a pinched nerve.According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Pierce suffered a pinched nerve in his neck and understands...
From WEEI Celtics blogger Ben Rohrbach:
Pierce: Pinched nerve "probably been the reason I’ve been up-and-down a lot." VIDEO: greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/…
— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) February 28, 2013
Paul Pierce is one tough SOB, the fact that he’s playing through a pinched nerve is unreal to me. I kind of wish this information would have come out after...
After Monday’s overtime win against the Utah Jazz, Paul Pierce said that his late game duel with DeMarre Carroll dated back to this summer but left it up to the Jazz forward to fill in the details. Carroll explained further to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Steve Luhm at the Jazz’s Tuesday morning practice:“It’s just a summer thing,” Carroll said, explaining he often works out...
Highlights from the Boston Celtics' 110-107 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz above, box score below. Paul Pierce was the leading scorer for the Celtics with 26 points.
Boston Celtics 110, Utah Jazz 107 - FINAL - Overtime - February 25, 2013
Boston Celtics (30-27)
After weeks of debate, we still have no idea what Celtics forward Kevin Garnett said to Carmelo Anthony to get him so irate during that January 7 contest.
Anthony was beyond upset, and tried to confront Garnett outside the Celtics team bus. What we do know today though, is that Garnett did not says Anthony’s wife tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios.
Per Larry Brown Sports, La La Anthony...
The young guns, specifically Avery Bradley, kept the C’s in this one, and the vets finished it off. Despite weary legs and some lapses in defense, Boston gets a gutsy 110-107 win in OT in Utah. Paul Pierce took the game over late, hitting clutch shot after clutch shot in the 4th and the OT. Pierce was 3 of 3 in overtime, and 5 of 9 for 55% in the 4th & OT. His partner in...
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This could have been a good win for the Celtics had a couple shots fallen their way late in the fourth quarter but the ball just didn't bounce their way tonight. Wesley Matthews was big all night and hit a barrage of shots from long range to keep the Celtics at bay all game. Tommy Heinsohn noted at halftime that this was a game he thought the Celtics would win claiming all the...
Tomorrow, the 30-27 Celtics will finally head home to host the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics are coming off of a pretty disappointing road-trip, in which they went just 2-3. They were able to make up for a 1-3 start partially with a terrific OT victory over the Jazz Monday night. Let's hope that they can carry that momentum into the Garden. Here are their five keys to victory...