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Paul Pierce struggles through Nets introduction

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Today was the day that it all became real.

Those pictures of Garnett and Pierce jerseys weren’t Photoshopped.  It wasn’t an elaborate promo for TBS’s “Deal With It.”

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn Nets.  (Oh, and Jason Terry too).

Kevin Garnett has been here before.  His departure from Minnesota seems to have been ages ago.  This whole “change of address” thing is just something he’s got to do one more time before he disappears in Malibu somewhere.

But Pierce… this is all new.

“Well, you know, is tough” were the first words uttered to the media by Paul Pierce as an official Brooklyn Net.  For much of the rest of the way, he seemed ill at ease with what was really happening.

“It’s all starting to sink in as we speak,” he said with a forlorn face.  “I’m no longer a Boston Celtic, I’m a Brooklyn Net.”

We heard immediately after the Celtics 2012-13 season ended that Pierce’s camp was preparing for the end of his time in Boston.  But the months that have passed have clearly done nothing to prepare Pierce for this particular moment.  And there was no hiding it.

Kevin Garnett seemed to be much more comfortable with everything.   He played to the crowd, turned on some of the trademark KG charm, and even “next question’ed” someone.  He also made it clear that it wasn’t his first choice, so it’s no surprise to hear Pierce had to convince Garnett to make this happen.

 I was like, ‘Do you understand what’s going on in Boston? The Clippers thing appears to be dead. So what do you think, big fella? I know you don’t want to retire. I KNOW you don’t want to retire. You have too much in the tank, you love the game too much. Sometimes you just have to tell Kevin sit back and think about it. He reacts to everything. Like his initial reaction to everything is, ‘No.’ [If you said,] ‘Kevin I got a $100 million,’ [he’d say,] ‘No.’ Then he has to sit back and think about it and then once he warms up to it, he makes his decision, and that’s about anything. I knew his initial reaction was going to be against it, but I knew this was going to be a long conversation.”

We know how that panned out, so here we are.  And if you strip away the emotion of it all, even Paul Pierce agrees this deal made sense.

Now, we move forward.  This was clearly an emotional day for Pierce, and for Celtics fans who had hoped to see Pierce play forever in Boston.

In a weird way, it made me feel better about everything.  We’re all uncomfortable about this, but these guys have no choice but to move on, so really, neither do we.  The Celtics made a deal they had to make to get assets that could help them immensely, and the Nets made a deal that could help them win a title (or “win New York”, which seems to be a very important thing to them).

But for Paul Pierce, who has made so much look so easy over 15 years, today was difficult.  Just like it was difficult for all of us to watch.

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  • Curt Hays

    This is like having to watch your ex girlfriend go out with someone new.

    • LA Flake

      To be fair, we now have a chance to hook up with a really, really hot 21-year-old.

      • Curt Hays

        Buffer overload from the amount of jokes available in response to that.

      • tvor03

        I like the analogy.

      • eddysamson

        Yeah but why not both? We could have had both you know!

        • LA Flake

          True…Unless the old wife owns a gun.

  • zippittyay

    It’s like putting grandma in the assisted living facility. It’s for the best of everyone involved, but it’s always a tough transition.

    • KGino

      lol you win the weird comparison award

  • LA Flake

    Yeah, well, it will all be worth it when Paul is celebrating his 2nd championship next year. I’ll be cheering for him.

  • KGino

    breaking up is hard to do …

  • forever_green

    Love you Paul & Kevin. I’m forever greatful for all the great times and will always support the both of you.

  • LA Flake

    You know, one good thing about this trade is that Brooklyn fans are already talking about bringing Joe Johnson off the bench. I always thought Paul was underrated and disrespected by other fans but this shows me that they knew all along how good Paul was and were just scared of him.

    • forever_green

      I couldn’t help myself and checked out what nets fans were saying, they all seemed pretty excited.

  • tatlıkafa

    some classy dudes… and jason terry

  • Brian Pahlm

    with only a one year deal, unless the nets win the championship I see paul coming back next year. Kg would retire if they won. If they don’t win which I don’t think they will, Paul will bolt, and Kg will have to decide what he wants to do. As others have said, it will be hard for a first year coach like Kidd to keep KG to 28 mins a game. Does he burn him out and tweek something? Who knows, but as others have said this is the best move for both teams. And did anyone see the owner of the Nets.. damn.. guy could play SF in the league.. I’ve seen 7 footers with no talent make 3 million a year.

    • forever_green

      It would be great to have Paul come back next season, but two things..I don’t see Paul just leaving KG like that..also I don’t know if DA has Any heart to bring them back…I can only hope.

  • Stevie Ham

    I have soo much respect for Peirce and KG, but i can’t help but want Brooklyn to surprisingly tank next year.

    • Mark Moses

      since we have their 2014 pick…

  • Sarah

    Well said. It brings me IMMENSE comfort to know that Pierce is as uncomfortable and saddened by this as I am.

  • BleedGreen

    I do hope they find UNLIMITED success next year, and then IMMEDIATELY tank the following season. We should all hope for the wheels to fall off, ownership making rash decisions, and then we can take advantage of the fallout through their unprotected draft picks. Since ATL has the ability to swap in 2014, i can be a nets fan for 1 year and no longer…

    • Suarez

      Remember, they have Billy King running things. They are bound to suck at some point in the next four years, no matter how much money their owner throws around.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Pierce would`ve made the “same deal” Ainge did…that`s very classy of PP!
    Not surprised to see that PP is a realist, and understands it`s a business.

    As for all the whimpering “manly men” wasting cyber-ink on this blog…get over it! Go outside, do something, anything.

    Go watch a re-run of “Ellen”…you never know, maybe she`ll be featuring a cooking segment involving Richard Simmons!

  • JR99

    From what we saw of Paul last year, I think the Nets are in for a (very) disappointing year. I remember how easy it was for the Knicks to get a steal from the Celtics… all they had to do was ask Shumpert to go get it from Pierce. No way they get anywhere near a championship. I do wish both KG and PP the best, and I will always feel that way. But I think they will have some more tough decisions to make a year from now.