We keep hearing about how guys react to trade rumors…. think Pau Gasol in LA with his constant sulking. Paul Pierce? Total opposite. Check out his reaction today, via Paul Flannery.
"If it was something that was going to better the Boston Celtics in the long run, I’d have been happy for them."
"They’ve done a lot for me in my career. There would have never been any hard feelings."
This is a guy who just gets it.
Michael Jordan… Hakeem Olajuwon… Clyde Drexler… some of the greatest players of all time… and none finished their careers with their original teams. It's a rare feat. It's one that I so very much want Paul Pierce to accomplish. But he knows it's out of his hands. He knows how it all works. And that all just makes me want him to stick around even more.
It's a hell of an example to Rajon Rondo, who is going through the same phase (I hope it's a phase) as Pierce. Six or seven years ago, many Celtics fans didn't think Pierce was capable of being this kind of leader. His behavior supported their claims. He's changed. He's a leader. He's the captain. The younger guys should be looking to him at this time and learning how to conduct themselves properly.