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Paul Pierce plans to skip Nets’ preseason game in Boston

Aug 9, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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We’re all well aware of how emotional it will be for the fans in Boston and the players alike when Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett play their first game against the Celtics as members of the Brooklyn Nets.

They could get it over with fairly quickly, as the Nets are slated to play in Boston as part of their preseason schedule on October 23rd.

But Pierce, speaking at a promotional event in Manhattan on Thursday, said he only wishes to return to Boston once next season.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Pierce wishes his Jan. 26 return to Boston were sooner in the regular season.

“You just want to get it out of the way. When you gotta go through something tough, I’ve always been a guy that just wants to get it out of the way. It’s gonna be in the back of my mind,” Pierce said.

Pierce added that he does not plan to go to Boston for the preseason meeting there against the Celtics.

“I’ll do it just one time next year,” he said.

It will definitely be a much bigger deal during the regular season, with the fans and the organization getting to pay tribute while attending a game that counts.

It’ll also probably be a bit easier emotionally on Pierce this way. By waiting until January to get acclimated to his new surroundings, he’ll have more time come to grips with his new and potentially awkward situation.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Weak sauce.

  2. capsfan14 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Gives us a scale of his compete level… All and all its around 0.

  3. alexb1234 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    insert word here to describe Paul Pierce for this ________ .

    HINT – it rhymes with wussy

  4. jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Non-Celtics fans just don’t get it. I think it’s the right call to do it once, and do it right.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 9, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      The schedule-makers messed that one up. Why play them against each other in the meaningless pre-season? They need to build up the anticipation and get them going no earlier then December. That’s what I would have done, at least.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        It’s tough because regardless of players, the Nets/Celtics would play in the preseason given their conference/division alignments.

        I agree with the fact that this game should have happened earlier. These schedule makers have like 10 marquee games to schedule right and it’s a bummer they mucked this up.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I’m a non-celtic fan and I get it. Those first three commenters are bozos. It’s going to be a big homecoming since there’s two star players involved; you don’t blow that with a preseason game. They should have at least had this game in Brooklyn. Anyways, tough season for the Celts coming. How many games do you think you’ll watch?

  5. adamsjohn714 - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    You know what you’re going to get out of Paul Pierce (if healthy). He only needs to play enough preseason to feel ready for game 1 of the regular season. If that means he doesn’t want to play any preseason, then he shouldnt have to.

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