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Paul Pierce at his introductory press conference with the Nets: ‘It’s really starting to sink in as we speak’

Jul 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets held their introductory press conference for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett on Thursday, and with Pierce especially, it seemed like the reality of his new surroundings was beginning to hit him all at once.

Pierce has played all 15 of his NBA seasons in Boston until now, and will unquestionably go into the Hall of Fame one day as a Celtic, with his jersey raised to the rafters of the new Garden like so many of the team’s greats that have gone before him.

But he’ll play for a the Nets now, and it clearly hadn’t yet begun to seem real to Pierce until the moment he was up on the podium being asked about his new team’s future.

“It hasn’t really sunk in,” Pierce said, as seen in the video clip above. “I think it’s really starting to sink in as we speak. Just being in this arena. I saw my jersey up in the locker room — you saw the trade, and it was like, OK, there’s a trade. But for me to actually be here now, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city — It’s really starting to sink in now that it’s become real.

“I’m no longer a Boston Celtic. I’m a Brooklyn Net, and that’s what it is right now. It’s a business, and at some point we all have to move on. And I’m here to try to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn.”

Pierce said all the right things, but looked a bit shell-shocked throughout the proceedings. Given how long he was with the Celtics and just how much he meant to the city, the fans, and the organization, his demeanor up there was completely understandable.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Hakeem Olajuwon, Toronto Raptors
    Patrick Ewing, Seattle SuperSonics
    Bob Cousy, Cincinnati Royals
    Michael Jordan, Washington Wizards
    Paul Pierce, Brooklyn Nets

    It’s a business I guess.

  2. ranoversquarells - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Thank you for all your efforts Paul. You’ll never have to pay a drink in Boston for the rest of your life.

  3. dexteruk - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    i wonder if jason terry will get a tattoo??

  4. kchristainsen - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Underrated his whole career

  5. loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    damn…i was hoping P-square would have stayed with the C’s….a player on one team his entire career is going the way of the Dodo bird….PP is a stud…wish him the best. The Nets will be very fun to watch.

  6. bux1022 - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Nets will need a large dose of Geritol, adult pampers, and a whole lot of fixedent!! Old bastards!

    • buttfumbles - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Knicks fans are a jealous bunch.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Gonna be tough to find pampers after Obama beat the Republicans TWICE IN A ROW!

  7. GT - Jul 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Thank you Paul Pierce for 15 fantastic years, number will go up, one of the best ever to wear the shamrock.

  8. losangelesbillsofbuffalo - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Hey look, he shaved his face.

    • dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      About time

  9. ajsjr40 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    PP and KG were great Celtics but they could no longer be the foundation of a championship team. Great trade by Ainge.

  10. mungman69 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Boston is two years away.

  11. monstersofthemidway545051 - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Always been a baby. The only memory I will keep of Paul is when he was carried off the court and put in a wheelchair crying then came back like 3 minutes later just fine. He didn’t tough out an injury, he cried like a woman for nothing.

    • celticsxxx - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Stop sending me private messages asking me to be your boyfriend. I’m just gonna say no every time.

  12. badintent - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    They better get an extra long bed at Bellvue Hospital for “mumbles ” KG.

  13. florida727 - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I only caught some of the video from the presser, but from what I saw it really looked like neither one of them want to be there. I can understand the difficulty for Pierce since he spent his entire career to-date in Boston. Garnett at least made a move once before from Minnesota. Still, they looked like it was a chore to be there. I’m not a fan of Boston’s or these guys, but I wish they’d have stayed and played out their careers in Boston.

  14. jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    They tried some Brooklyn seafood and immediately felt nostalgic for Boston,

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