Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce showed up for his pre-practice meeting with reporters carrying a basketball, which he bounced from time to time while answering questions.
Get used to it: Pierce will have the ball in his hands a lot more from now on.
Two days after learning that Rajon Rondo has a torn knee ligament that will keep him out the rest of the season, the Celtics returned to practice Tuesday for the first time to work on an extended future without the All-Star point guard. Pierce is the most likely player to handle the ball at key points, starting with Wednesday night's visit from the Sacramento Kings, but coach Doc Rivers says everyone will have to work to replace Rondo.
"It's just basketball," he said. "There's no point guard. It's just basketball by committee. I don't want a guy thinking now he's Rondo."
Rondo was averaging 13.7 points, a league-best 11.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds, with triple-doubles in back-to-back games w...