Re: I want Pierce back!!!!
posted at 7/19/2013 1:54 PM EDT
"especially the part where he wondered why he didn't get the same treatment as Kirk, Kobe and Timmy"
OK, a few things here:
- Kobe is not out of the woods with the Lakers by any means. Kobe also have five rings.
- Tim is still playing at a very high level consistently for a big man (in the playoffs). And, he has four rings.
- I think you mean Dirk not Kirk? Dirk is not guaranteed to stay in Dallas either.
The only one that will definitely stay for their whole career is Duncan, but he is still playing at a high level and that's why he will likely stay, as long as the Spurs rebuild on the fly around him.
If Pierce would have taken a massive salary cut appropriate to his current performance, he could have stayed. No one insulted him by proposing that, and that's fan.
Pierce is a class act and an all time great Cetic, a true Celtic. He is an all timer, some would say top five, I think I have him sixth right now but he's right in that range - his jersey will go to the rafters.
Athletes just don't finish their careers on the same team. Pierce is a Celt for life but in all honesty he should have been more psychologically prepared for this reality, or he should have renogiated his contract to allow him to stay. That was within his power if he wanted to.
I think it's good for him to be on a team that is trying to win and not rebuild. Thanks Paul for all you did for us.