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Your Morning Dump… Where Pierce is “the best one-on-one player” in C’s history

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) September 9, 2013 Celtics News, Paul Pierce, The Morning Dump 2 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“That’s what free agency does, it doesn’t allow you to have that continuity,” Havlicek said about Pierce’s departure. “We never made a trade in 10 years (with the Celtics) and all the people remained the same. It’s a lot different today but I wish him well. He’s one of the best all-around players and the thing I marveled at was his one-on-one ability. I think he’s the best one-on-one player of all Celtics.”

Globe:  Havlicek talks about Pierce leaving Celtics

More high braise for our now former captain, who already gets Tommy Heinsohn’s vote as the best scorer in team history.  And while Pierce still falls behind at least Larry Bird and Bill Russell in the “greatest player in team history” debate, it’s the amount of ways Pierce could beat a player that keeps garnering him these bona fides.

But this is, as Hondo said, a different time.  Back then, you didn’t have to dump your aging superstars in trades, nor did they walk in free agency.  Then again, if free agency had existed back in Havlicek’s days, he would have made more than $200,000 a year.  Yes, I realize that was a lot of money in 1970, especially in a league that wasn’t exactly dominating the sports landscape, but bidding on a player will still drive up the price, no matter what.

I know… another guy weighing in on the Pierce trade.  That’s just how it is right now, especially after a Hall of Fame induction ceremony where all the greatest are assembled.  This is what they talk about.

The rest of the links:

Globe: Pitino takes a green-eyed look back in his induction ceremony  |  Herald: Pitino, Payton, King, 9 others enter Hall

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  • LA Flake

    Well, you know, this is one of them debates that can go on forever. There’s no doubt in my mind that Bird was The Greatest Celtic of ALL Time and absolutely the better overall player than our beloved (ex) captain. But if there was 5 seconds left and you needed to get a decent shot off, I’d call Pierce’s number because he he could create from everywhere or draw contact and get to the line. Bird’s era was more physical, yes, but Pierce was also a tough SOB. My conclusion: They’re both in the starting 5.

  • Robert

    This offseason I have been watching a ton of historical Celtic games, most of which are from the Bird era. I started my basketball fandom in the 90s so really I have only been privy to the modern NBA, or The post Jordan NBA until now.
    The thing that really surprised me in my journey back in time is how athletic they really were.
    I had always believed the lie that the modern player is a far superior athlete than those up through the 80s. This is a flat out fallacy.
    Even though the weight training modern players go through is obviously more rigorous there is no way the average NBA player of today could RUN for 48 mins like Bird, Mchale, Parish and guys back then could. They never stopped! It’s exhausting to watch!
    There is no doubt in my mind that the 84 Celts would run the 2013 Heat into the ground. Lebron would need an oxygen mask midway through the 3rd quarter!
    And there is no doubt that Bird, or Hondo would have Pierce gasping for air if they played against each other. Doesn’t mean I think PP isn’t a great scorer, he is my favorite player, just an admission of ignorance from someone who believed the lie that today’s athletes are “superior” than the athletes of my father.