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Doc Rivers thinks trade could rejuvenate Paul Pierce

Aug 5, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

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It was pretty evident Paul Pierce didn’t love the idea of being traded. It seemed a situation where he intellectually understood this as a good move for him, but after 15 years as a Celtic is was understandably emotionally hard.

But Doc Rivers thinks it could be good for him.

Rivers, who left Boston as well and is now the coach of the Clippers, spoke with Newsday about the move of Pierce.

“I think in some ways, it may give him more life,” Rivers said Friday after being honored with a Sports Pioneer award at the National Association of Black Journalists convention. “But I just think it’s tough for him personally. Like he said in the press conference, he wanted to stay and wasn’t allowed to, and that’s tough for him.”

The Nets are an interesting melting pot this season. They added Pierce and Kevin Garnett to a team that already had Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez (plus now Andrei Kirilenko is in the mix). They have a guy the players respect in Jason Kidd as coach… with the question there being can he coach?

It’s a lot of parts to blend together, but it’s also a veteran group that could do it faster than other teams who get a makeover. Rivers got a thrown together veteran group to win a title in Boston in 2008, and he was asked about the Nets.

“I think it will come together,” Rivers said. “Listen, anything comes together when a lot of people want it to come together, and they have a lot of guys that want it to come together. Paul, Jason and Kevin want to win another title and everyone else wants to win their first. So if they all want to do that, then it all will work out.”

  1. wfriedrichs - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Doc, you’re the clippers coach now. Quit talking about the Celtics

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      I understand your comment but one thing that will help the team as a whole and Jason Kidd as a first yr coach is that this is a veteran team with KG, Pierce, Deron Williams and others.

      Had Jason Kidd taken over a very young team, sure the expectations would be much lower, but those young green guys would need much more coaching and stability.

      While Kidd knows basketball, he’s obviously not had head coaching experience and having several veteran players of their stature will ease his transition into the coaching ranks… (I think)

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Doc is drunk.

  2. abchome - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I’m sure the players respect Jason Kidd as a great player. But Jason Kidd as a coach, I’m not so sure.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      I agree, I think they needed a strong willed veteran coach.

      I mean, if Pierce is unhappy with the minutes he gets a game and tells Kidd to let him play more, I think Kidd would cave in.

  3. sportsnut101 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Isn’t this tampering. Talking about another player under contract. Where’s the fines David stern

    Ok he got traded great now focus on ur team gees I hope clips fail

    Espn says he’s the best coach over pop it’s funny just typing that. He has a 500 record before the big 3 got there has only 1 title with the big three
    Now let’s see pops record. .750 winning pct 4-1 in title games. Should of been 5-0 but 2 missed free throws cost them game

    Idk bout u but I’m gonna lean toward pop just a little bit

  4. moseskkim - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    It’s not like he’s alone.. Frank is assistant plus Garnett and pierce are player coaches. Dwill is a floor general. It’s gonna take time but its not all on jkidd. U have enough ppl there to share the load

  5. kanemoney - Aug 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    The key to the nets is D-Will. j-Kidd, aside from Steve Nash, was the best PG for nearly a decade. He has been to Finals three times and won once. He played for 19 years… 19!

    Their key is managing minutes and getting the pieces to fit together schematically.

    • abchome - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Garnett and Pierce have equally successful playing career, and they certainly have their own beliefs on how to win. What if Kidd’s decisions are not in line with their beliefs? Kidd doesn’t have the proven records of Pop, Doc etc to backup his vision as a coach.

  6. misterdreamer119 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Pierce has the physique of a menapausal female.

  7. legendsports124 - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Hey Doc worry about your own team. Funny how some guys want to be in the mix of everything.

  8. spartanfrommsu - Aug 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I think what many are forgetting is the presence & “street cred” of Lawrence Frank’s presence on the bench. He led the Nets to 2 NBA Finals plus, as memory serves, he was Doc’s assistant with the C’s. He has the respect of PP, KG and J Kidd which is enough to get a rookie coach over the hump, imo.

    Do the Nets get to the ECF? Probably not. But a top 4 finish and home court in the first round is likely (along with the MIA, IND and CHI)

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Did you just say Lawrence Frank has street cred?

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