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Paul Pierce actually thought about leaving Celtics

Oct 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s kind of hard to picture Paul Pierce in anything but Celtics green.

For 14 seasons he has worn only the Boston uniform. He’s going to retire a Celtic. He has been there through the rough seasons and a title season. His number will end up hanging from the rafters in the Garden.

But after the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat in the Eastern Conference finals last season and it seemed GM Danny Ainge might break up the team Pierce admitted he thought about maybe playing with another team, he told

“It was difficult not only losing, but not understanding what was next,” Pierce said. “A lot of that went in my head after we lost. It was like is [Kevin Garnett] gonna retire? Are we gonna rebuild? Am I gonna be playing somewhere else? A lot of things went through my head….

“It really did cross my mind,” Pierce said. “The way last year went with the trade rumors, the possibility of me being traded the possibility of us rebuilding, it was hard not to think about it, sometimes it wears on you mentally because you can’t know what your future is gonna be or what’s gonna be your next step.”

Like a lot of veterans, Pierce didn’t want to play on a team in rebuilding mode. He’s made his money, he’s tasted success and he wants to keep going after rings. If that meant changing teams…

But it didn’t come to that. Ainge brought back Kevin Garnett for three seasons, brought in guys like Jason Terry and Courtney Lee to give the team depth, and turned them into a potential contender.

Which means we don’t have to picture Pierce in any other color.

“I was telling somebody the other day I’m pretty much institutionalized [in Boston],” Pierce said. “If I went somewhere else I couldn’t see it. Hopefully I can be here a lot longer than even my playing days. Just to help along with coaching and management, I’ve really given some thought to that, giving back to what the game has given to me. And I hope I can continue to do that in Boston.”

  1. notverysmall - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    There will always be a place for Pierce in Boston.

  2. GT - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I have no idea if the Truth can translate well to coaching or front office work in a post-playing career, but he’s earned a chance at it and he is certainly surrounded with that type of top talent with the Celtics in Rivers and Ainge to learn from.

    • jetstizzi85 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      100% agree. The man has put everything into being a Celtic

  3. paleihe - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I don’t like Pierce as a player, but man, I love his passion for the game.

  4. stayreal247 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    In an age when players become journeymen in the latter half of their careers instead of ending their careers with the teams they were drafted by I commend Pierce for sticking around and being loyal. His Jersey should be retired and he should be honored as one of the best players in Celtic history. Follow me at

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Do you criticize Kevin Garnett for leaving the Timberwolves and not protesting against the trade or returning back to Minnesota even after winning a championship?

      Probably not.

      People can’t have it both ways. They say it’s awesome when a player sticks to his original franchise, but they also cheer on players that their team acquires from their original franchise.

  5. Clayton Bigsby - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Does this mean he have many more attempts to flop in septic green?

  6. Nofoolnodrool - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    No, it just means your Green with envy.

  7. skinsfanwill - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    I hope he saved his money. He will pay out the most money in flopping this year no matter who he plays for.

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