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Paul Pierce wonders if Miami's big three can make the sacrifices Boston's stars did

Aug 19, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Pierce_celebrates.jpgIn the summer of 2007, the Boston Celtics put together three superstars to form a championship team, not completely different than Miami did this summer.

However Boston’s stars were older and could see the end of their careers, they were past their physical primes but still were (and are) high caliber players. They were guys at a point where they were willing to give up points and personal glory for the wins.

In an interview with Comcast New England (via Celtics Blog), Pierce wonders if Miami’s trio is willing to do that.

“You know it could come together right away for them, like it did when we brought our whole new team together, but it’s all about the sacrifice, it’s all about dropping the egos, and it’s all about communication.

It’s going to be hard, you know why? I like to call this barbershop talk, because you go to a barbershop and all you talk about is basketball and sports and people are always saying, ‘What if Kevin, Ray, and Paul had gotten together when they were younger? They’d probably have four or five championships. But then you don’t take into (account) the fact that we were all in our primes, still trying to establish ourselves at the same time, which is what you’re seeing with Miami now. All of these guys are in their prime. Now, how much of your prime are you going to sacrifice? LeBron right now is an MVP-caliber player. Wade is also, too. And also Chris Bosh. Now, can these guys say for the rest of their careers it’s not about winning the MVP? It’s about sacrificing the individual numbers for a greater good, and that’s winning a championship. I think the great players make the adjustment. If it doesn’t work out (the first year), I think as time goes, they’ll figure it out.”

The Heat players have made sacrifices already — each took less money to play together. But that is just the first of a lot of sacrifices they will learn they have to make. How fast they learn will determine when the titles come.

  1. cygnus x-1 - Aug 19, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    look I know these guys all made huge sacrifices for all of mankind to come to miami and end world hunger and bring about worldwide peace along with playing some ball.but can we stop including pay as one of those sacrifices?they still will be making what 15 million a year?how much did has each of them earned before they came to miami?it’s not like “only” making 15 million a year is going to be a hardship for them and unlike most working people who get a paycut they chose to take one. so please stop calling this a sacrifice!

  2. TruthSquad - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    This is why Shaq called Pierce, “The Mother****** Truth!!”
    i think more because Pierce dropped 40 in his rookie year on the Lakers. Sweet nickname still!

  3. BallerIQ - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    They were lucky enough to be born with insane physical abilites, for them, it is a “sacrifice”, just cause you can’t relate cause youre an average athlete, doesn’t mean what they did means less. There are quite a few players in the league that have less talent and ability that would be making more money than they will individually, not hard to understand why writers would mention it or call it as such.
    That said, they better be on the same page, Paul Pierce said it best, the C’s 3 were reaching the end of their primes, and the Miami guys are living in it, hope they can work it out on the court.

  4. Sguy2130 - Aug 19, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Well, they have already sacrificed character, integrity, loyalty, heterosexuality. It should be interesting what else they sacrifice in the future.

  5. john Kocher II - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    How does each of them taking home more money (due to lack of taxes in Florida) this year and in the long run making more money throughout their contract then they’ve ever made equate to sacrificing money? This argument seems to keep popping up and yet always gets to avoid the truth.

  6. pete - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Everyone keeps saying they will have to sacrifice stats to play together. That is garbage. They will have to sacrifice individual POINTS, but will all go up in assists , and the double cover issues means that if they do miss, they have a higher chance of getting the rebound, raising those stats up. They will all post more MVP CALIBER NUMBERS than ever before thanks to the insane amount of extra assists that will be added on. Lebron passed ALOT in Cleveland, which led to lots of missed assists that will be made in Miami. Lebron will average a triple double, Bosch will average damn near or a triple double, and Wade will be the cleanup/scorer he likes to be and average 30+ points a game. It will look like when they played together in the Olympics. Wade looked like the number, not Lebron, but Lebron was the all around man, what he has wanted to be his whole life.

  7. Kel - Aug 20, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Pete, the sacrifices are more than stats, it’s about being number 1. The game plan previously revolved around themselves. This will no longer be the case. I can just imagine conversations going like “Well, I used to do it this way”. They can’t get it their own way all the time anymore. It will be a major adjustment. And enough with the allusions to the Olympics. They aren’t playing Spain and Argentina, they’re playing the Celtics, the Lakers, etc. And they won’t have Jason Kidd and Coach K (plus Nate McMillan) leading the way.

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