Found October 23, 2013 on
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The NBA and the media are trying to play up the new "rivalry" between the two-time champion Miami Heat and the new-look Brooklyn Nets. LeBron James made a few comments last week about Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett (as well as Doc Rivers) leaving the Celtics, a year after ripping Ray Allen for doing the same thing. Despite the fact that the circumstances were not exactly the same, with Pierce and Garnett being traded, the point was made that that Garnett and Pierce probably did not send James a wedding present The media is now hyping this as a new rivalry, with the Nets "reborn" and taking aim at the champion Heat.
The Nets may be taking aim at the Heat, but they don't have nearly enough ammunition. They weren't good enough in Boston, with Rajon Rondo and a champion coach in Rivers. Jason Kidd has never been a coach before. There will be a learning curve for him on many fronts, from X's and O's to learning to deal with all the egos of the team's "superstars". Then there is the group the Nets have assembled. They have added Garnett and Pierce to Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez. Deron Williams is a good point guard, but he also needs the ball to be effective. Pierce and Johnson also like to dominate the ball. Garnett's ego is too big not to be a large part of the offense, and he could become a problem on and off the court if he isn't. Lopez is one of the best young players in the game, and probably the best player on this team, but it is hard to imagine him seeing the ball very much. He has also battled foot injuries, as has Johnson. Williams has had ankle issues among others. The biggest factor, though, is age. Pierce and Garnett are nowhere near the players they used to be. Their run in Boston lasted a little longer than most people expected, but that was mostly due to the emergence of Rondo. The Celtics wisely decided it was time to blow things up, and Doc Rivers knew it was time to get out of town. Why? Because Pierce and Garnett are old and washed up. Joe Johnson is 32, Jason Terry is 35, Williams is an old 29.
The Nets are not a championship contender. They may be a top 5 or 6 team in the East. Their ceiling is probably the second round of the playoffs. The can't compete with Indiana, Chicago, the Knicks, and certainly not the Heat. Kevin Garnett's mouth may be as big as ever, and he and Pierce do not lack for ego, but their days as leading men on a championship team are long gone. They would have been much better off doing what Allen did, and what they turned their backs on him for, which was to go to a contender as a complementary piece. Allen knew he couldn't carry a team, and neither can Pierce or Garnett, or Johnson or Williams.
The Heat may not be a lock for their third straight title. Wade is aging rapidly and other contenders are improving. But the Nets are not one of them. Making them out to be a threat to win it all will seem foolish by January.
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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will wait until the regular season to play in Boston.
The two former Celtics will skip the Brooklyn Nets' preseason game in Boston on Wednesday, as expected. Pierce had said since the pair was acquired over the summer that he didn't want his first game back in Boston to be an exhibition.
The first regular-season meeting between the teams in...
Last night Dujour Magazine graciously invited More Than Stats to help them welcome NBA star Paul Pierce and his family to Brooklyn with a fantastic red carpet event at The Palm-Tribeca restaurant. The event also celebrated Dujour Magazine’s recent spread and interview with Paul. With a packed-house, and Paul’s teammates Deron William and Alan Anderson in attendance, the...
Paul Pierce has seen it happen.
He played on one of those teams that started as potential and turned into potent, the 2007-08 Celtics winning 66 games and an NBA championship in the first season after Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined him in Boston.
Now Pierce and Garnett play for the Brooklyn Nets, whose roster is even more accomplished - and certainly more expensive - than those...
8 a.m. ET: Paul Pierce’s favorite haunts in Boston may want to set an extra space for him on Wednesday. Those are the only places the former Celtic is likely to make an appearance on Wednesday.
Pierce and Kevin Garnett will not suit up for the Nets’ preseason game against the Celtics. Pierce will not even step foot in TD Garden, he told reporters this week.
“We’re not playing...
While Paul Pierce will not be playing in Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets in Boston, he will be back in town.
Pierce talked with Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News and confirmed that he will not be playing in Wednesday night's preseason game against the Boston Celtics -- neither will Kevin Garnett -- but he did say he will be making...
The Boston Celtics Post Game Show premiers Wednesday night with a PRE game edition. The Celtics preseason finale is the CLNS crews' season premier. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will not be on-premise, however your CLNS personalities will be. Wednesday's hosts are Matt Rury and Nick Gelso. Show will start at 6 pm, EST. As always, we will be taking your calls throughout and...
LeBron James recently called out Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for leaving a rebuilding Boston team for a contending team after giving Ray Allen a hard time when he did the same thing last summer. Garnett already fired back, telling LeBron to “worry about Miami” and now Doc Rivers is coming to the defense of Garnett and Pierce, noting that their situation was “completely different...
When the Boston Celtics parted with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a blockbuster trade, they were left with a huge rebuilding job focused on three areas.
Those are offense, defense and patience.
Throw in the departure of coach Doc Rivers and the arrival of NBA neophyte Brad Stevens as his replacement and the 17-time NBA champions face a bleak future.
Pierce and Garnett are with...
Terry spent the 2012-13 season with Boston before heading over to Brooklyn in "The Trade"
The Brooklyn Nets haven't played since last Thursday (a home win vs the Miami Heat) and don't play again until Wednesday (in Boston versus the Celtics). However, that doesn't mean new developments and news surrounding the team stop in any way.
Tonight, DuJour Magazine hosted a cover party for Paul Pierce welcoming the new Brooklyn Net and his wife to New York at The Palm-Tribeca.
Guests included fellow Nets Alan Anderson and Deron Williams, Page Six’s Richard Johnson, former Mets closer John Franco and DuJour CEO/Founder and very excitable event host Jason Binn.
If it sounds like a New York high society gathering, you’re...
29. Paul Pierce (Brooklyn Nets)
Paul Pierce a.k.a The Truth spent his best years with the Boston Celtics. While he is no longer with the Celtics I look for Pierce to want to return to the NBA Championship but first he needs to show his team and the NBA that he still has some Truth left in the tank.
2012-2013 Season Stats: 33.4 mpg, 18.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.8 apg
28. Brook Lopez (Brooklyn...
Come at Doc Rivers if you like, Celtics fans. It’s also open season on Ray Allen. But don’t take any of your frustration out on Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce while watching your team struggle this season.
Since orchestrating his move to the Clippers in June, Rivers has been sucked into far more he-said, she-said spats than he ever seemed to in Boston. He weighed in on another...
Three weeks into the preseason the Nets still are waiting to hold their first practice in which all 15 players are healthy and involved. In fact it took until Tuesday for the Nets to have their first portion of any practice involving the full participation of their star-studded starting five in full-contact drills.
For someone as notoriously particular as Kevin Garnett — a player...
No Doc Rivers, no Kevin Garnett, no Paul Pierce, no problem? After losing some of the past decade’s most polarizing NBA figures, the question is can these new look Celtics still make the playoffs? 2012-13 Record: 41-40, 3rd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference 2012-13 Finish: 1st round loss to the New York Knicks […]
We've known for a long time that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett had no intentions of wasting their highly anticipated return to the Garden during the preseason. It looks like rookie Head Coach Jason Kidd has decided not to give them any preferential treatment over his other starters, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and Joe Johnson. From Tim Bontemps, who covers the Nets for the...