|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 10, 2013 at 1:45 AM|
I don't disagree with Pierce about Rondo's season ending injury. I do feel that Ainge would have made this move this coming season if the Celtics didn't perform well in the playoffs with Rondo. I think Ainge expected a title or rebuild in some ways if the Celtics didn't win it all in 2013. Danny was close at the trade deadline with dealing Pierce or KG, and he gave them one more chance.
January 27, 2013 is the date that sticks out in Paul Pierce’s mind. It was on that winter day — before the Celtics took out the Miami Heat in dramatic fashion during a 100-98 double-overtime victory at the TD Garden — that the team learned point guard Rajon Rondo would need surgery to repair a tear in his ACL, ending his season.
Knowing that the clock was ticking down on the Celtics’ core with every passing game, and knowing the uncertainty surrounding the health of Rondo heading into this season, Pierce looks back at that season-changing moment as a big reason why he is now wearing a Brooklyn Nets uniform and not the one he has donned for the past 15 NBA seasons.
“It would be hard to contend,” Pierce told the Herald on the last day of his camp at Basketball City in the shadow of the TD Garden. “I saw the vision. I saw all that. As a player I’m selfish. I want what’s going to be good for me and the team. But you’ve got to look at the management looking at what’s down the road. If it’s up to me I would want to rebuild to win a championship by bringing players in. They were looking at the future, down the line.
“Rajon might not be here for the beginning of the year or however long he takes, so it would be tough for us to be a contender or get into a position to contend. Everybody saw that and I think that helped the decision on both sides.”
The chain reaction of the offseason moves came swifter than a wrecking ball taking out an abandoned building. Doc Rivers was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, and on Draft Night, the Celtics and Nets worked out the framework of a deal completely altering both franchises.
Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry were moved to Brooklyn officially after the July moratorium was lifted, and the Celtics got back Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Gerald Wallace, three future first-round draft picks and the chance to start over.
“It was like a domino effect,” Pierce said. “It was like (the Rondo injury) was there and then Doc. When you put all that stuff together, you know the writing was on the wall.”
"As a player I’m selfish". Paul was unable to let go of his power 100% with Rondo. I believe he'll do it with the Nets. Paul had that little brother mentality with Rondo.