Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  6 responses

Paul Pierce Says Rajon Rondo’s Injury Had ‘Domino Effect’ on Celtics’ Changes

Back in late January, Rajon Rondo went down with a season-ending ACL tear in his knee. That, according to Paul Pierce, was the day the Boston Celtics would forever be altered. Per the Boston Herald: “With time growing shorter with every passing game for the old Celtics core and with Rondo’s health uncertain for the upcoming year as he rehabs his knee, Pierce acknowledged that the injury was a big reason why he is now wearing a Brooklyn Nets uniform and not the one he wore for the past 15 years. ‘It would be hard to contend,’ Pierce said on Friday, the last day of his camp at Basketball City in the shadow of the 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 in a position to contend. Everybody saw that and I think that helped the decision on both sides.’ The moves were franchise-altering and they were swift. Doc Rivers was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade, and on draft night, the framework of a megadeal was put in place with Brooklyn. 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. Add the surprise hiring of Celtics coach Brad Stevens, and in just a few weeks the Atlantic Division looked a whole lot different. ‘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.’ The chance to get another ring was important for Pierce and rebuilding was not. The second-leading scorer in Celtics history is hoping his presence — along with that of Garnett, Terry and Nets head coach Jason Kidd — can bring that same kind of championship mettle to his new team, because time is running out. ‘It’s a lot shorter,’ Pierce, who played in 1,102 games with the C’s, said of the window to win in Brooklyn. ‘I think this might be like a two-year window right now. I have one year left on my deal, but I know KG probably plans on retiring in two years. I feel like you got players of our caliber and players that can change a culture and do so many things on and off the court to help the ballclub. It’s really based on that.’”

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  • David STERNwarning

    Slams non-use of paragraphs have had a “domino affect” on the amount of bad editing practices they have on the site…

  • chump

    This site is run by monkeys in asia.

  • David STERNwarning

    Don’t disrespect those Asian Monkeys like that man….

  • danpowers

    i dont really get it. first off, pierce wont win anything with the nets. the bulls, pacers and heat are still so much better. his legacy would have demanded so much more appreciation and respect by every observer if he stood with his team, regardless of the roster situation and outlook. yes, the nba is just business, but i guess fans would identify with their teams and its players more, if guys – at least the franchise players – would tend to commit to their teams untill its all said and done.

    pierce already went through many bad days with the celtics before garnett and allen came to the rescue, but its still somehow weird that he leaves now. jordan in a wizards uniform, ewing in orlando magic blue or a sonics uni same as olajuwon as a raptor, pippen as a jailblazer, etc… left a bad aftertaste regarding their careers / legacy – a very small one though given the greatness and performance they gave to their “original” teams.

    some players dont get drafted by the team of their choice and force a sign and trade after their rookie contract or who play their heart out into their 30s without a legit shot at the title and then try another run elsewhere. but what is the use of turning into mercenary mode after you already won a chip?

    sometimes its more of an owner’s/gm’s fault than a player’s and sometimes its more the player who is to “blame” – regardless – that whole nba thing would spread a little more magic if we would see a little bit more of bird – magic – nowitzki – stockton – type of careers “loyality”-wise because it would help to give us the illusion that the nba and the teams we root for were a little more than “just business”.

  • meleney34

    Pierce wanted to end his career as a celtic. He had no choice but to put a positive spin on the trade that changed his legacy. if you want to blame anyone for not being loyal, blame ownership and management, not Pierce.

  • danpowers

    i said “sometimes its more of an owner’s/gm’s fault than a player’s and sometimes its more the player who is to “blame” – regardless -”

    i understood that pierce situation that way: he wanted to retire a celtic but did not want to play on a celtic tem in rebuild mode. so if they would still be a winning/contending team, he would have wanted to stay. but by ainge turning to rebuild mode, he called it a (celtic) career. am i wrong?

    im also aware that ainge doesnt really care about sentimental stuff as he stated time and time again that the big 3(4) werent untouchable if it was for the sake of the organization’s success. i also get, that ainge isnt really “innocent” in pierce’s departure.

    i didnt even mean to blame pierce for leaving. i used one of the last (active) mohicans leaving his tribe as an example of what i dont like that much about the nba.