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There aren’t a lot of players like Paul Pierce, guys who give their all to one franchise, never have a tiff with a coach, never find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and never, ever consider demanding a trade when the going gets tough. There aren’t a lot of players like that anymore, because Pierce isn’t one of those players, either. Ever since the epic title run of 2008 and the valiant end to his Celtics career, Pierce has often been portrayed as the guy who “did it right.” Former coach Doc Rivers loved to say how Pierce “could have gone somewhere else, but he chose to stay here and win here,” presenting Pierce as the anti-LeBron James or anti-Carmelo Anthony. It fits a narrative and makes Pierce out to be the good guy, so most of the folks associated with the Celtics shrug and go along with it. Hey, nobody complains about inaccuracies when being praised. Now Pierce is gone, though not by his own choice, and a lot of people seem to be wringing their hands over the ne...
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