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Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at 9:40 am  |  31 responses

Paul Pierce Ready to Be a ‘Glorified Role Player’ for the Brooklyn Nets


Despite the enormous pressure and expectations that will come with playing on such a stacked team in Brooklyn, Paul Pierce feels as though he’ll be a “glorified role player” for the Nets, and that suits him just fine. Per the Boston Globe: “Now that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in Brooklyn, the question is whether the Nets are legitimate title contenders with their two new starters, as well as Jason Terry coming off the bench. The consensus around the league is that Pierce and Garnett do indeed have something left to offer the Nets after a difficult final season in Boston. Pierce concluded his season being exposed by New York’s Iman Shumpert, whose defense forced Pierce to over-dribble and force shots. Pierce looked old and weathered, but an NBA assistant coach said Pierce took on too much responsibility for the Celtics after Rajon Rondo was injured. Pierce was asked to play point forward, serve as the Celtics’ primary scorer, and also often defend the opposing team’s best scorer. That responsibility was too much for the 35-year-old Pierce, and Shumpert’s aggressive defense simply wore him down. Pierce may not be the player he was in 2008, when he led the Celtics to the title at age 30, but in his new role with Brooklyn, he should flourish. With Garnett, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez, double teams will be less prevalent for Pierce. He should thrive against single defenders. ‘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.’ As controversial as the Andrei Kirilenko move may have been, it will definitely boost Brooklyn’s defense and toughness. Kirilenko opted out of the remaining one year and $10 million of his contract to sign a three-year, $10 million deal with the Nets, who are owned by fellow Russian Mikhail Prokhorov. If Kirilenko is even close to vintage form, he gives the Nets a long, pesky defender. ‘That move was such a big move for our team, for me,’ Pierce said. ‘When you sign a guy like Andrei Kirilenko, it solidifies your perimeter, it gives you the versatility that you need. We have guys that can shoot the three, we’ve got guys that can post up, and to have an elite defender who can guard two, three, maybe four positions — he really gives us great versatility, and I think that’s what you need. That’s the direction you really see the NBA going, to have versatile players who can play multiple positions, and you put your best player on the floor.’”

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  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    NO. 1 option should Lopez and then Joe Johnson. Offense should come really easy with this team. Plus their bench can be good too. Shaun Livingston and Plumlee are steals.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    NO. 1 option should Lopez and then Joe Johnson. Offense should come really easy with this team. Plus their bench can be good too. Shaun Livingston and Plumlee are steals.

  • spit hot fiyah

    getting kirilenko was huge for the nets, pierce can play limited minutes all of the regular season and hopefully up the ante come playoff time

  • shockexchange

    Being a glorified role player isn’t all that bad. It worked out pretty well for “You know who.” “You know who” has so many rings that he can afford to give them away.

  • Jesús Guillermo

    You Know Who = Big Shot Bob

  • ChosenOne

    No need to go there Ralph Baker.

  • Ugh

    Yeah, Bill Russell was pretty lucky to win all those rings.

  • Gamebreaker

    “you know who” wrote his own version of “the rules” and had an entire section on the advantages of playing with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L”

  • shockexchange

    Wow you guys are coming at the Shock Exchange’s neck out here. What did he ever do to you?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    Adam Morrison?

  • Isaiah B.

    I think they should still use him in a starting role, just limit the minutes to about 25-28 per game. I think he could thrive in that role and could still give the Nets 15-17 ppg, and more offensive versatility than Gerald Wallace.

  • shockexchange

    Your sense of humor “ceases” to amaze the Shock Exchange.

  • King David

    Lebron?

  • LakeShow

    This team is going to challenge anyone.

    I’m pretty excited they were able to assemble so much talent in BK.

    It’s going to be a fun year.

    PG: D-Will, Shaun Livingston

    SG: JJ, JT

    SF: PP, AK, Mirza Teletovich

    PF: Garnett, Blatche

    C: Lopez, Evans

    That’s allot of talent. I’m thinking they are the 2nd best team in the East, but i’m actually hoping they aren’t. I hope the Bulls rise to their promise, and the Pacers keep on improving.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it helps when u can use russian mob money for napkins, but none the less, they have done a good job. the coach is the big ?

  • LakeShow

    For sure.
    But if any player could transition into coaching this seamlessly it would be J-Kidd wouldn’t it?

  • spit hot fiyah

    no idea actually, that is what makes it such a big ? for me. just because a player is cerebral doesn’t automatically turn him into a good coach. it will be extremely interesting that’s for sure.

  • LakeShow

    Who would better suit coaching post their playing career than J-Kidd?

    I realize your saying you don’t know, but if anyone in the L could, it’d be J-Kidd IMO.

    It is a question as to how good of a motivator and how the personnel will respect him, but he is the best suited for this than anyone else I can think of.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i got someone….but idk if you’d or anyone would agree.

    . Pau Gasol. And i’m not kidding, even tho he’s a puss

  • spit hot fiyah

    ginobili maybe?

  • spit hot fiyah

    this is the thing for me, this team, as presently constructed with kg and pierce basically has two year window. so it is championship or bust as far as they are concerned. and in that scenario i would prefer an more experienced and proven coach, that’s all.
    i would like someone like kidd better on a young up and coming team a la houston or indiana (two teams that already have good coaches btw), were they have more time to grow

  • Evan Boland

    Just wait. Pierce ain’t going to be no role player.

  • LakeShow

    Co-Sign verbatim lol.

  • LakeShow

    Interesting points…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Idk enough about his social skills honestly. But I could see the idea there.

  • Shifty

    Ummm I still think PP34 is better then Joe Johnson even at this stage, can anyone believe that he was still getting triple doubles last year? Maybe Joe Johnson and Brooke Lopez during the game, but fourth quarter let Paul do his work, one of the best clutch shot takers in the business.

  • Jerry Alex

    Don’t forget the rookie Plumlee. More size off the bench.

  • MasterSplinter

    nbk: So….you think a puss would make a good coach?…SMH…he’d maybe be a good special assistant coach (pau gasol) to help the big men out, but what is your reasoning for that, because he is a skilled big man?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He has a reputation as a sissy, but that is really just overblown anyway — and if it weren’t, that wouldn’t translate over to coach. If it did, then Phil Jackson wouldn’t have been a very good coach either. He’s one of the smartest guys in the league (if not the smartest), he has played under a bevy of coaches, including the GOAT, he can relate to all types of players. He has seen how to deal with all types of egos. Everyone respects him. He’s not shy, and he understands all the different aspects of the sport.

    .

    I actually don’t see any reason he wouldn’t be a good coach.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, i’m curious if he’ll get any PT. There’s room for him down low if he earns the PT.

  • Ugh

    Why did you put ceases inside quotation marks?

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