|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM|
When I think of Pierce right now. I see Paul Pierce filling the role that Hondo bought into in the 1970's. Cowens, and Hondo became a powerful force that won two championships in the 70's. Hondo was in his mid 30's, and he had a ton of success with the Celtics during their 11 championships in the 60's. If you look at the Havlicek-Cowens connection. Cowens fits the role that Rondo plays today. Cowens did a lot of the small stuff. Hondo was still an offensive force similar to Pierce today.
Pierce, and Rondo could follow the same career paths. Rondo may be in this same situation in five years or so. Pierce isn't the same guy that can throw down with Lebron James every night. James is just a better player anyways. Although Rondo is our guy. It doesn't mean Pierce needs to let him down as well. This season could defy Paul's legacy. Pierce has been in search for a second title so he can join every Celtic great before him. Paul will always be one of the best Celtics of All-Time.
He was our escape during the lean years. Paul gave us hope, and honestly he could have pulled a Kobe. During the 2007 season Kobe was unhappy with the Lakers, and their direction. So he wanted a trade. He went on a radio show, and he made it very public. Pierce on the other hand kept everything in house, and he wasn't asking for a trade. Pierce wanted to stay here, and Pierce has given a generation a lifetime of memories.
I didn't gush all over Pierce right now. I feel like it's been done so many times. Their will be a day for me when I'll want to sit down, and dig deep into my feelings about Paul. I want it to mean more than spending 15 minutes or so. I want it to come across genuine. I leave you with Paul's comments from the Shamrock gala.
"Well, I've been involved since being here, and it's terrific," coach Doc Rivers said of the team's community involvement "I know other teams do things like this, and I just don't know if anybody's done it as well as we do it. I'm obviously biased. But I think our ownership is the reason. I think they really get behind this and they do a great job of raising money for charities in the community."
"Well I think it says a lot, due to my dedication, my hard work, my consistency for being here for so long and being dedicated to the Celtics, on the court and off the court," Pierce said. "So, it's exciting to be honored for that."