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Pierce says in Brooklyn he’ll be a “glorified role player”

Jul 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Celtics were Paul Pierce’s team.

It was the “big three” era but Pierce was the face of the Celtics, the best and most loved Celtics star since the Bird era.

Even he admits putting on a Nets jersey next season will be a little strange at first, but it also will be very different on the court. Brooklyn is Deron Williams team, he is the guy setting the table and creating a lot of shots.

Pierce recognized that speaking to the Boston Globe.

“There will definitely be less pressure on me on this ball club than there was in Boston,” Pierce said. “In Boston, I was the No. 1 primary option. Here we have so many options. We have young All-Stars on this team. My job is to be more of a glorified role player, as Doc [Rivers] used to always say, with the guys we have.

“With my abilities to do so many things, there’s going to be nights where I’m not going to score a bunch of points. I can do other things to help this club win. With the combination of these guys, we’re going to take pressure off each other.”

Brooklyn has D-Will at the point, Joe Johnson at the two, Pierce, Kevin Garnett at the four, and maybe the best offensive center in the game in Brook Lopez. Off the bench they bring Jason Terry, Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans. That’s a deep and talented roster, one with a number of questions but this is a potentially very dangerous team.

Pierce will see his scoring numbers drop but he is going to need to be more than a glorified role player — he’s going to have to help this team on both ends of the court in the playoffs. He and Garnett need to bring some toughness to a roster pushed around by the shorthanded Bulls in the postseason.

But it certainly will be a different role for Pierce. And one that will take a little getting used to seeing.

  1. axelmontoya99 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    We will miss Pierce and KG!!

  2. ss3walkman - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Every starter on this team is arguably top 7 in the league at their position. Say what you want but this CAN be a scary team. Only question is WILL they bring it together and be a scary team

    • acdc363 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      I want so badly to agree with you but Howard, Horford, Gasol, Noah, Jefferson, Cousins, Bynum, Monroe . Even at PF Aldridge, Duncan, Griffin, Lee, Smith, Ibaka, West all contribute more than KG currently. You should have said top 10 not 7.

      • justaregulardoode - Jul 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        did you forget Garnett was an all-star last year? He is top 7 ahead of ibaka and west, just on his mentality alone, he makes his team so much better and tougher, those 2 do not.

  3. money2long - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    dwill, joey, PP & kg are all good passers. i think that will help aid the team as they try to gel.

  4. JMClarkent - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    One advantage that they have is that the former Celts should have a bit of chemistry together. Health and the fit with the rest of the guys are the two most important factors for their success.

  5. minnesotablizzard - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I’m most interested in seeing the KG and Kirilenko lead defensive tandem.

    • fredagsedb - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      That’s some long arms right there

  6. j0esixpack - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    That’s a great selfless attitude… You can still hear the team captain in him talking. He’ll just do whatever it takes to win. He’s not a diva demanding minutes.

    With the Celts rebuilding I’ll be pulling for Pierce to get another ring. Fans in Miami cannot be happy to see Pierce, Garnett and even Terry making a contender even better.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      I’m not worried. They’re pretty old. And they have a rookie coach.

  7. htownred34 - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I think Pierce will really thrive in this role learning to be more of a spot up shooter and since he is getting older he won’t have to work as much to create his own shot…

  8. dezglobal - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Ahhhh Modesty.

  9. 1historian - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    That’s why they traded to get him – he and KG will be looked to for mature leadership to get them over the top. He and KG are both class acts and we wish them well.

    It’s going to be weird when the Nets come to Boston for the first regular season game next season. Any bets on how many people will show up there wearing “Pierce’ and ‘Garnett’ shirts?

  10. mattbarkley123 - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    you will be deeply missed pierce!

  11. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Isn’t a glorified role player just a…. “player”?

  12. patfic15 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I’m thinking the Nets will resemble the Celtics of ’08. I think Kidd is the perfect choice as coach. These guys have high basketball IQs. They’re gonna be a top 3 team. Heat are tops yeah, but Indiana can’t play catch up, the Bulls are good defensively but you can’t just anoint them#2 because of Rose. I take Nets at 2.

  13. loungefly74 - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    quite possibly the most interesting team to watch in 2013-14…

  14. 24thesho - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    It is refreshing to see that an NBA HOFer, such as Paul Pierce, is willing to do whatever it takes to win; what a great attitude! But, there are few star players in the NBA who deserve more respect than Pirece, regardless of his selflessness. Jayson Kidd should start him at the beginning to the season, regardless. Pierce is a born “starter”. Some people should always “start”; like, Kobe, Tim Duncan, C. Barkley, Durant, Kidd. Pierce should start, especially if he can still play. At least, in regular and post season games.

    • fluxadvisor - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      He hasn’t done anything yet. We’ll see how he plays in crunch time.

  15. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 24, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Paul Pierce is a Ru Paul impersonator and the biggest Benedict Arnold in L,A. sports history. Now he can compete in those drag races without commuting during the off season.

    Laker Fan

    • 24thesho - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      C’mon, mang! Get off that bull$#¡t.

  16. urodaddy07 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    He didn’t deserve that All-Star selection

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