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Paul Pierce: I’m bitter… but Ray Allen will always be a brother to me

Chuck - Red's Army August 3, 2012 Celtics News, Paul Pierce 20 Comments

On last year’s season and his knee injury:

I was really excited with way we played in 2nd half… I really thought we had an opportunity to play for a championship, but injuries hurt us down the stretch. There was so much we had to overcome. Hopefully we can stay healthy.

The knee is a lot better. It’s not completely healed about 90% now. It really hampered me the last 10-15 games of the year, I couldn’t explode… but everyone is dealing with injuries that time of year.

On the new acquisitions:

I love what DA’s been able to do. Once we signed Kevin we knew we were going to make another run. I thought Danny did a good job trying to replace Ray Allen, as you know he went off to Miami. It was his choice, he was a great teammate and a lot of fun playing with him. Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, a healthy Jeff Green, even some of our rookies, we’ve added a lot more depth and it’s going to take a lot of pressure off me this upcoming season.

On the importance of Kevin Garnett:

He’s everything to us. If you don’t bring Kevin back, you’re talking about rebuilding. They’re probably talking about trading me at some point.

On Ray Allen leaving for Miami:

It’s going to be a little weird, but Ray made the best decision for him. You get in free agency and you make a decision that’s best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother to me. If it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t be wearing a championship ring.

MM: Have you talked to him since his decision?

A couple texts… I’m a little bitter that he went to Miami but he’s still a brother of mine.

Paul Pierce sat down with Molly McGrath for his first interview of the off-season. The Truth sounds genuinely optimistic about the Celtics retooled roster.

Pierce has no hard feelings over Ray Allen’s decision to leave Boston for Miami.

I wish I felt the same.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    I’ll translate “I’m a little bitter”……”Ray is a traitor and I can’t wait to kick his ass”

  • Quest

    So when will Danny offer Paul for trade? This year or next?

  • Quest

    Let’s move on…Ray who? Focusing positive attention on the present Celtic players…

  • JJ

    Read all of PP’s quotes…he’s very specific with his words and how he says them. He is bitter, and there are definitely hard feelings there. Brothers have bad blood between them at times, and while Ray is his “brother,” he wants to take him out because he turned his back on them.

  • Murray

    Cheers to PP for handling this Ray situation better than most Celtics fans have. Ray didn’t like his role with the team, didn’t get along with the team centerpiece, and was dangled in trade rumors non-stop. But despite being unhappy, he gave as much to the C’s as his body would let him until the very end. It hurts that he left and we should all want to beat him, but the miserable Ray-hate is so ridiculous.

    • Chulinho

      I agree, the hating Ray for leaving is pretty useless now. Fans should be over that by now. He’s not coming back and continuing to seethe over his departure won’t help the C’s win a championship. Although, I don’t mind if you hate him because he’s an opponent now. That’s normal and at least tolerable.

  • Mike D.

    Well then, Danny Boy shouldn’t have tried to trade him twice in a single season and once the season prior! Where’s their loyalty to him?

    • Andrew

      its a business…..if we could have gotten o j mayo like the proposed deal for ray was then it helps the team. Ray was getting to be a liability in too many areas. good luck in miami

    • Gixr1

      Their Loyalty was 10 mil a year. It’s a business, and Trades and rumors are a big part of it. The checks kept coming either way.

    • Wayne

      ray has been traded 2 times before so he should know it’s a business. if that was the reason he left than he never really matured as a player.

  • paul

    If you pay attention, what’s notable here is the lack of mention of Rondo. EVeryone but Rondo gets a mention. So what this is telling us is that the tension between Allen and Rondo will continue, but between Pierce and Rondo.

    • KY Celts fan

      I think you’re reading into it. He mentioned everyone that he was asked questions about. New Acquisitions, KG, and Ray. He was never asked about Rondo so he didn’t bring him up.

    • http://redsarmy.com John

      You’re reading WAY too much into it. Paul said a million times last season that Rondo’s the leader. Always beware of what’s omitted from an edited piece. You don’t know what he said that didn’t make it to the final cut.

    • 76th

      Actually he did mention Rondo among the leaders of the team, right after himself and even BEFORE KG, so… that’s not the case

  • Chulinho

    I’m most happy to hear that Paul’s knee is almost fully healed. Hopefully, whoever backs him up this season, probably Jeff Green, can really produce well so Paul’s minutes can come down. I know we’ve all been hoping that it’d be that way every season since ’09, but I feel like it could actually happen this season.

  • Larry Legend

    Enough about ray. He’s gone. We’re better for it. My concern: Paul Pierce showing up in shape. He was out of shape last year. Played himself into shape but his injuries late I believe had everything to do with playing catch up as far as getting into playing shape. Love PP. Great Celtic. But we need a healthy, chip on his shoulder Paul Pierce.

  • D Wade

    PP is a fat @ss drunk, if he was in Miami he’ll be bench. With the upgrade of the Heat roster, it’ll be like Heat (Dream Team) vs Boston (Nigeria).

    • Wayne

      Did your mom drop you on your head as a baby? That is by far the most stupid comment I have seen. No wonder why you are a Miami Heat fan the sun has your brain fried. Saying pp is a fat ass drunk? Man the things trolls say to get some attention around here. Go lay on the beach and let your brain fry some more loser.

    • Larry Legend

      D-wad-collector lives in his mom’s basement. Guy has never even been to Miami in his life. He writes on these boards to have some semblance of a social life. Pathetic way to go through life.

  • Celtics4ever

    Am I the only one that noticed Paul Pierce kind of choking after talking about Ray Allen at 3:25? ahaha. You can feel the bitterness.