The day of reckoning is finally here, Celtics fans. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are officially Brooklyn Nets. It only seems proper that they would be moved to a team who sports black jerseys. This move effectively killed an era of basketball in Celtics’ history.
There weren’t as many emotions as expected in the press conference. Paul Pierce was visibly emotional with his expressions and seemed to be a bit uncomfortable at times. You could tell that he hadn’t taken in that he is no longer a Boston Celtic. He though he would retire in green.
“Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.” Pierce said with his head held high. He knows what his business is here in Brooklyn and he’s there to do just that.
As far as Kevin Garnett, there was no visible sadness or regret on him. He said that he was willing to come to Brooklyn because of the pieces that they already have in place. He strongly believes that their team is going to be one that is going to contend for a title this season.
Garnett said that having Paul Pierce and Jason Terry coming with him was a big issue. That is what ultimately led him to accept the trade and waive the no trade clause.
Garnett was rather jovial about the entire situation–he embraced it. Garnett opened with an emphatic “Sup, Brooklyn! Yeah!” to answer the first question. He was cracking jokes throughout the entire press conference and was his normal self.
He is carrying his “us against the world” mentality all the way with him into Brooklyn. He talked about the team’s chemistry, teaching Brook Lopez and he also compared the feeling of this team to when the big three first united in Boston years ago.
This was a very painful sight, but if the Celtics had to move these two anywhere, Brooklyn is a good place for them. They have a shot at winning a title, and at this stage of their careers that’s all you can ask for.
Best of luck to them both in Brooklyn. Hopefully they have a ton of success.