ESPN put together a little Celtics-Knicks preview…. and I'm guess David Thorpe of Scouts, Inc doesn't like Paul Pierce very much.
Follow the link for the whole preview. I'm just going to highlight David Thorpe's answers.
2. Who do you want leading your team: Carmelo Anthony or Paul Pierce?
David Thorpe, Scouts Inc.: Neither. Melo is simply not a leader, and Pierce is both long in the tooth and not someone locked in all year 'round to earn my captaincy anymore.
4. Make one bold prediction for either the Celtics or Knicks.
David Thorpe, Scouts Inc.: Bold prediction: Paul Pierce will suffer the worst season of his career, unless he gets traded to a contender. Seems strange seeing that Boston looks like a contender on paper, I know. But I don't think the Celtics are legit, and Pierce's motivation will suffer. A Pierce that is not properly motivated is not a pretty sight.
Paul Pierce is coming off one of his best seasons yet. And this notion that Pierce is going to bail on this team this year is one of the most asinine notions I've heard.