What You Won’t See in Boston
Posted by Steve Bzomowski on June 27, 2007
In Portland last week to run an NTL Weekend Camp and what do we Bostonians see on I-84 East each day? Ouch!
I honked 5 times for the Celtics’ fifth pick, who, I predict, will never play with Paul Pierce.
Because Pierce won’t want to play with another “project”: Yi. Because he thinks that Green or Noah or Brewer will not be enough to make a difference; he’s correct there. And because management will have finally decided that they would rather trade Pierce while he’s still more marketable than he will be a year from now (approaching, then 31 y/o), than pair him with someone like Jermaine O’Neal or someone who, sans Al Jefferson (who they would have to give up), is just not good enough to get them anywhere interesting: second round of playoffs.
Pierce is petulant and thinks he is better than he really is. Is he, in fact, a top fifteen NBA player? (Lebron, Kobe, Duncan, Wade, T-Mac, Yao, KG, Bosh, Nash, Nowitzki, Amare, Brand, Carmelo, Boozer/Arenas/Dwight Howard/Iverson. Other than maybe Iverson, who would you not take straight up for Pierce? And there are probably a half dozen others.). Some contender surely must think they could use him. Rivers has had to kiss Pierce’s butt one time too many and for too long and will probably have convinced Ainge (if Ainge has a half a brain in his head and I think he does . . . barely) by now that Pierce has more value gone than staying. He serves no purpose here. He’d be better off somewhere else, too. Send him to Jerry Sloan, see how he likes it there.
Watch for major upheaval on the Celtics’ front. I mean, it’s gotta happen. But please let Pierce be gone and not Big Al. Please!