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ISIAH_THOMAS
04-14-2015, 05:52 PM
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12690080/washington-wizards-paul-pierce-speaks-truth


"I’m much happier,’’ he said. "It was a tough situation (in Brooklyn) last year. Horrible, really.

"It was just the guys’ attitudes there. It wasn’t like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn’t want to play and didn’t want to practice. I was looking around saying, ’What’s this?’ Kevin (Garnett) and I had to pick them up every day in practice.

"If me and Kevin weren’t there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.’’

The player that puzzled him the most, said Pierce, was point guard Deron Williams.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,‘’ Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that’s not what he wanted to be. He just didn’t want that.

"I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.’’

Pierce said veteran Joe Johnson was an affable professional but also a reluctant leader.

"Joe is quiet,‘’ Pierce noted. "He doesn’t want much attention. He doesn’t say much.

"There’s a lot of secondary guys on that team. KG and I went there looking at them as the main guys who would push us, because we were advancing in years. But we ended up doing all the pushing.’’

That's not a good look

murphturph
04-14-2015, 06:06 PM
yikes

curtcocaine
04-14-2015, 06:40 PM
Ouch.

TheNumber37
04-14-2015, 06:45 PM
This is why I would get Upset when people would try to make the case durin Deron's Utah days that he was better than Paul

spreadeagle
04-14-2015, 06:48 PM
brrrraaap brrraaaapppp shots fired, ya done know!

PeanutPunch33
04-14-2015, 06:48 PM
lol owned

Vee-Rex
04-14-2015, 07:02 PM
It should be said. It's The Truth.

FraziersKnicks
04-14-2015, 07:31 PM
Where's DomeFavors? :laugh2:

PowerHouse
04-14-2015, 07:57 PM
Im not a huge supporter of calling teammates/ex-teammates out by name, but its an interesting insight to why Deron has never won anything in his life. Joe either for that matter.

KnicksorBust
04-14-2015, 08:11 PM
It explains a lot. It's interesting that Joe is so quiet yet seems to be so fearless when the game is on the line. Sam Jonessssssssssssssssssssssss

kdspurman
04-14-2015, 08:17 PM
It should be said. It's The Truth.

Well played...

GiantsSwaGG
04-14-2015, 08:39 PM
You can tell Pierce didn't want to play in Brooklyn, half of the team doesn't look like they enjoy basketball in Brooklyn

JasonJohnHorn
04-14-2015, 09:16 PM
You can't expect guys to all be alpha dogs.... even on a team of alpha dogs you need an alpha that stands out.

D-Will should be that guy. Joe Johnson, not so much. I think Pierce's words were kinder to JJ because they suggested that he was quiet, not that he wasn't driven. JJ was never an MVP kind of guy to me; an All-Star yes, but not a franchise player. He's your number two or three; the guy that makes things easier on your franchise player.

As for D-Will, I think if you go back to Utah-D-Will, before the injuries, he would have been more that kind of guy with drive and MVP aspirations. But when you've come off a couple of ankle injuries, you aren't as quick to push that ankle, and that was a big part of the reason D-Will was so effective in Utah. Take that away....

Saddletramp
04-14-2015, 09:23 PM
Deron Williams also got paid and then almost immediately started to decline. Maybe it was the injuries, maybe it was coach/teammate chemistry, maybe it was his goal to just get that fat contract.

Jets012
04-14-2015, 10:42 PM
Pierce is a delusional, tool. Always has been.

Why it's coear that the Nets team had zero passion last year and this year, I never really noticed Pierce being emotional and passionate.

I'm really glad Pierce picked up all the guys in practice since it's clear he didn't pick them up on the court. He also said last year he was clutch which clearly wasn't evident with his late game misses.

Nets are still a joke, but Pierce just sounds bitter and dumb.

slaker619
04-14-2015, 11:11 PM
Pierce got a point, that team plays like they barley like each other or care at times.

BornReady
04-15-2015, 12:14 AM
Pierce is a delusional, tool. Always has been.

Why it's coear that the Nets team had zero passion last year and this year, I never really noticed Pierce being emotional and passionate.

I'm really glad Pierce picked up all the guys in practice since it's clear he didn't pick them up on the court. He also said last year he was clutch which clearly wasn't evident with his late game misses.

Nets are still a joke, but Pierce just sounds bitter and dumb.

Looks like the New York hate towards Boston is showing hardcore In this post.

Not respecting Pierce just makes me shake my head

BornReady
04-15-2015, 12:15 AM
Brooklyn seems like they really don't want to be out there. The atmosphere just seems so dead...no one cheers each other on, no one simply gives a **** it seems like, that's why I really hope they don't make the playoffs...simply doesn't deserve it

Bostonjorge
04-15-2015, 12:24 AM
Another great KG story

tp13baby
04-15-2015, 01:40 AM
Pierce is a delusional, tool. Always has been.

Why it's coear that the Nets team had zero passion last year and this year, I never really noticed Pierce being emotional and passionate.

I'm really glad Pierce picked up all the guys in practice since it's clear he didn't pick them up on the court. He also said last year he was clutch which clearly wasn't evident with his late game misses.

Nets are still a joke, but Pierce just sounds bitter and dumb.

Wait what? Did you miss his career in Boston? The Nets are a joke. That team is to talented to no be a playoff team in the east.

I really don't get the Pierce hate.

Being bitter when he is on a much better team doesn't make sense. Maybe he is telling the truth?

Rivera
04-15-2015, 07:29 AM
The whole interview is great. To bad only Brooklyn got nitpicked.


Wizards' Paul Pierce speaks the truth
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Jackie MacMullan, ESPNBoston.com columnist
PHILADELPHIA - Paul Pierce is reminiscing about his first playoff game in 2002, a best-of-five series against Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.

Pierce dropped 31 points on the Sixers on 25 shots in a Game 1 victory for the Boston Celtics.

"Remember when I used to take 25 shots?" he said with a hearty laugh.

That is no longer his role. Pierce is 37 years old, averages a career-low 26.4 minutes a night for the Washington Wizards and provides seasoned wisdom to the electric backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

"I tell them, 'Learn from all the stuff I did (wrong) when I was young,''' Pierce said.

Before that 2002 playoff game against the Sixers, Pierce didn't pore over film or engage in any carefully selected stretching routines. Instead, he wandered over to Burger King and ordered a Whopper and a large Coke.

"I can't remember last time I had a soda,'' Pierce said. "It tastes like acid to me now.''

In a sitdown with ESPN.com, Pierce mused about the changes he's made to improve his longevity, his disastrous season in Brooklyn, his championship year in Boston and the playoff chances of a young Wizards team that he believes "has all the tools to get to the Eastern Conference finals.''

Pierce reports he is 225 pounds, the first time in his career that he's been under 230 for a playoff run.

He eschews fast food, follows a strict weight training regimen during the season, drinks mostly water ("and an occasional red wine,'' he adds wryly) and stretches for nearly an hour before every game. Despite his reduced role (his 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds a game are also a career low), Pierce said he loves playing basketball for Washington.

I'm much happier,'' he said. "It was a tough situation (in Brooklyn) last year. Horrible, really.

"It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin (Garnett) and I had to pick them up every day in practice.

"If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.''

The player that puzzled him the most, said Pierce, was point guard Deron Williams.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that.

"I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.''

Pierce said veteran Joe Johnson was an affable professional but also a reluctant leader.

"Joe is quiet,'' Pierce noted. "He doesn't want much attention. He doesn't say much.

"There's a lot of secondary guys on that team. KG and I went there looking at them as the main guys who would push us, because we were advancing in years. But we ended up doing all the pushing.''

Brooklyn gave up its 2014 pick (which the Celtics used to draft James Young) and unprotected picks in 2016 and 2018 to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. They believed they were poised to be championship contenders, but posted an underwhelming 44-38 record and were bounced by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs.

When the season ended, they declined to sign Pierce to a new deal and let him walk as a free agent.



would have stayed in Brooklyn because of Kevin,'' Pierce said. "I told him, 'I don't really like this situation but I would never leave you if you want me to stay.' But they decided not to re-sign me so I never had to make a choice. I would never have left Kevin like that.''

Garnett was traded in February to Minnesota, where he will eventually assume a front-office role as a part-owner.

"He's happy,'' Pierce said. "I'm glad he waived his no-trade clause. I told him, 'They don't appreciate you in Brooklyn, man.' They didn't even use him right.

"He's where he's supposed to be. He IS Minnesota. He never sold his house there.''

Pierce said he still talks to Garnett every week and credits him for introducing him to the benefits of a hyperbaric chamber, which Pierce sleeps in for 2-3 hours before every home game to boost recovery and healing.

Garnett introduced him to the treatment in 2009 shortly after they won an NBA championship together. Pierce said he has found lying in the chamber, which enables him to breath oxygen in an atmospheric pressure raised up to three times more than normal, has helped him improve his circulation, reduce inflammation, increase his stamina and expedite the healing process.

According to the website Carolina Hyperbarics, oxygen normally is transported through the body only by red blood cells. But the hyperbaric chamber, according to the website, converts the oxygen to "a solution that is carried in all of the body's fluids, including plasma, central nervous system, lymph and bone.''

Pierce is so sold on the chamber's benefits he's been encouraging Wall to try it and has urged the Wizards medical staff to purchase one for the team. Although he doesn't travel with the chamber during the regular season, he plans to pack up the foldable bed and the two metal engines and transport them with him during the playoffs.

"It's great for recovery,'' Pierce said. "It's definitely helped me. It's the size of a little coffin. You just get in it, zip it up and you're good.

"The first time I tried it felt like I was suffocating, like there was no air. But now I'm so used to it I'm asleep in a matter of minutes.''

Today's players will enjoy longer careers, Pierce believes, because teams are so tuned into nutrition, conditioning and body maintenance. He said his talks with the younger guys mostly center on social media and "the things I did before Twitter and Instagram.''



"I talk to them a lot about mental preparation and consistency,'' Pierce said. "I keep telling Wall and Beal, 'You've got to make up your mind. Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great? Because if you want to be great, you gotta do it every single night, not just when you feel like it.'

"Both of those guys have the potential to be great. I love them. But sometimes I'm not sure they realize what it takes.

"That was (Rajon) Rondo's problem, too. Some days he did, some days he didn't. I think it's more this generation. A lot of these players have been catered to since the sixth grade. The NBA is changing so much. It's not like when I came up, with that old-school mentality that practice really mattered. You've got these 24, 25 year old guys who sit out of practice now to rest. It's hard for me to understand, but I'm trying.''

Pierce was sidelined for three games with an injured toe, but the true cause, he said, was to rest a sprained right knee he has been slogging through for a month. In his previous six games before he finally took a seat, Pierce was shooting just 25.6 percent from the field and averaging single digits.

The Wizards plugged in former No. 3 pick Otto Porter Jr. in Pierce's place and he responded by averaging 13.6 points and nearly seven rebounds a game over past four outings.

"Otto is another one who just doesn't understand how good he is,'' Pierce said. "He can shoot, he's a slasher, he can defend, I'm just not sure how badly he wants it every day.

"That kid just needs to get mad. If he came to practice ticked off and to the games ticked off, he'd be fine. But it's hard to get Otto mad. I should punch him one day just to get him riled up.''

The Wizards will likely draw a first-round series with either Chicago, whom they split games with this season, or Toronto, which has won all three games they've played.

"We haven't done particularly well against Toronto, but I don't feel they have the 'It' that makes you worried,'' Pierce said. "There isn't a team I look at in the Eastern Conference that makes me say, 'They are intimidating, we don't have a chance.'

"As good as Atlanta is, they just don't give off that aura where we're afraid of them.

"You definitely have to worry about Cleveland because they have LeBron and some vets now, but if we get to the conference finals, anything can happen.''



Some of his young teammates can recount his battles with LeBron, both in Miami and Cleveland, nearly verbatim. They bring up Christmas Day performances that Pierce had long forgotten. The camaraderie, he said, is refreshing.

Pierce still engages in group texts with former Celtics teammates (and coach) Doc Rivers, Garnett, Kendrick Perkins and Big Baby Davis, but hasn't talked to Ray Allen since he bolted from Boston to Miami in the summer of 2012.

Though much has been made of it, Pierce said, people don't understand he wasn't all that close to Allen to begin with.

"It was a weird relationship,'' Pierce conceded. "We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That's just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we'd be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn't show up. We'd go to his charity events but Ray wouldn't show up to somebody else's.

"I called him on it. I said, 'Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don't come to ours.' I remember when Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn't show up.

"I know Ray probably didn't like Rondo that much, but it wasn't a fact of not liking somebody. You don't have to like everybody you play with -- it's a matter of showing support.

"Rondo probably didn't like Ray either, but he came to Ray's functions to show, 'Hey, we're together in this.'

"It's not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we'd say, 'Let's go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.' We'd get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam (Cassell), but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three.

"It just got to the point where it was, 'That's Ray.' No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn't much there.''

Pierce was riding the bus with Kevin Seraphinlast Tuesday when Seraphin informed him he was 9 years old when Pierce was drafted.

Like most veterans, Pierce has his fair share of regrets. He wishes he paid closer attention to his body in his younger years, and wishes he was paired with KG sooner "so we could have made a longer run together.'' He wishes he was younger when his rivalry with LeBron Jamescommenced.

Pierce is firm: Next season will be his last.

I've had my time,'' he said.

That doesn't mean one of the NBA's most prolific trash talkers is done stirring the pot.

"I always say I wish I was in my prime matching up against LeBron,'' said Pierce, grinning. "Let's see how many championships he would have won then.''

Vee-Rex
04-15-2015, 09:11 AM
That's one terrific *** interview. Loved it.

PurpleLynch
04-15-2015, 09:24 AM
Great interview,I loved it. It brings me back memories,Kobe vs Pierce was hella fun!

Cal827
04-15-2015, 09:50 AM
Fantastic interview, from a future HOF player. Reminded me why he's one of my favorite players (well with the exception of around 10 minutes after game 7 last year lol)

It's sad that after next year, both Kobe and Pierce won't be around anymore :(

IBleedPurple
04-15-2015, 12:44 PM
Great read, and a great perspective on many topics by Pierce.

Sportfan
04-15-2015, 12:59 PM
Pierce is a delusional, tool. Always has been.

Why it's coear that the Nets team had zero passion last year and this year, I never really noticed Pierce being emotional and passionate.

I'm really glad Pierce picked up all the guys in practice since it's clear he didn't pick them up on the court. He also said last year he was clutch which clearly wasn't evident with his late game misses.

Nets are still a joke, but Pierce just sounds bitter and dumb.

bitter? He's on a playoff team, and already has his ring, while the Nets have no future.

Pierce knows his role, it's not 2007 anymore. He and KG went to New Jersey with open arms determined to elevate that team to a championship. The guys around them who are in their primes didn't step up the way KG/Pierce did in their prime.

Scoots
04-15-2015, 01:14 PM
That drive to win, to lead ... it's not in everyone, and you can't force it.

When you see a player who looks like a great player change teams ... there is usually something about it that the fans never hear about, and personalities play a bigger part than we are led to believe.

colinskik
04-15-2015, 01:47 PM
I don't particularly like Pierce or Deron, but I can both agree with Pierce here and make valid excuses for Deron.

Despite seeming completely uninterested in being a Net, both when he was a FA and then when he was the "face of the franchise" during the move to Brooklyn, Deron at least tried to show enthusiasm, however forced it may have been. But last year he was suffering from bum ankles and probably didn't feel justified being the leader of the team when he couldn't perform. Plus, when revered guys like KG and Pierce join your team, you probably figure you'll take a backseat to them, their experience, and their egos. I understand why Deron may have hid in the shadows.

Regardless, Pierce is right. But what I don't understand is why they didn't talk it out. Probably could've resolved some of the issues to know who stood where.

Saddletramp
04-15-2015, 04:52 PM
Never particularly cared for Pierce but it's refreshing to see a guy talk so candidly about stuff like this. And he's not being a jerk, he's just being honest. Definitely scored some points in my book.

Scoots
04-15-2015, 08:06 PM
Never particularly cared for Pierce but it's refreshing to see a guy talk so candidly about stuff like this. And he's not being a jerk, he's just being honest. Definitely scored some points in my book.

This.

Jets012
04-15-2015, 08:30 PM
Looks like the New York hate towards Boston is showing hardcore In this post.

Not respecting Pierce just makes me shake my head

I respect Pierce as a player. I realize how great he was for Boston, terrific player. I still do not respect how Pierce acted and performed last year on the Nets.


Wait what? Did you miss his career in Boston? The Nets are a joke. That team is to talented to no be a playoff team in the east.

I really don't get the Pierce hate.

Being bitter when he is on a much better team doesn't make sense. Maybe he is telling the truth?
Again, I understand how amazing Pierce was on Boston. I understand he was the heart of those teams. However, he did not show any passion last year on the Nets. He can say what he wants but he fit right in with those non-emotional guys.


bitter? He's on a playoff team, and already has his ring, while the Nets have no future.

Pierce knows his role, it's not 2007 anymore. He and KG went to New Jersey with open arms determined to elevate that team to a championship. The guys around them who are in their primes didn't step up the way KG/Pierce did in their prime.

Pierce did ask for a 2 year 20 million contract. He can say what he wants, but it's widely reported he wanted back in for Brooklyn and settled for Washington. I won't disagree with the Nets not having a future, since they don't, but I just don't buy Pierce's interview one bit. Only reason people are buying this is because of Pierce's history.

FlashBolt
04-15-2015, 11:41 PM
I respect Pierce as a player. I realize how great he was for Boston, terrific player. I still do not respect how Pierce acted and performed last year on the Nets.


Again, I understand how amazing Pierce was on Boston. I understand he was the heart of those teams. However, he did not show any passion last year on the Nets. He can say what he wants but he fit right in with those non-emotional guys.



Pierce did ask for a 2 year 20 million contract. He can say what he wants, but it's widely reported he wanted back in for Brooklyn and settled for Washington. I won't disagree with the Nets not having a future, since they don't, but I just don't buy Pierce's interview one bit. Only reason people are buying this is because of Pierce's history.

Pierce IS the truth. He comes off as genuine and keeps it real. I very much doubt he was making any of this up. Nets didn't want to resign Pierce to a new contract so he had no choice. C'mon, Joe IS quiet, Deron looks like he's thinking about a baconator, and you had a coach who thinks spilling coke on the floor is sportsmanlike. There's just not much he had to work with at that age. Don't blame him one bit for calling them out.

BornReady
04-15-2015, 11:57 PM
Paul Pierce is da truth! stuck with the Celtics thru the bad and the good times.... I was quite disappointed that the Celtics gave him away last year, should have let him finish the career there and mentored the younger guys

mngopher35
04-16-2015, 12:50 AM
Good read. I don't know about all of the nets players but I definitely can see deron having that type of attitude.

DoMeFavors
04-16-2015, 03:12 PM
Pierce didn't want to be here but said he would return... Nets didn't re-sign him and now he sounds upset.

ohreally
04-16-2015, 06:46 PM
Pierce has been one of my favorite guys in the league since before the big 3. And most folks at that time, outside of Boston, really didn't think of him as anything special. But why is this such a great interview? He basically trashes everyone other than himself and KG.

Sam Cassell was the real third prong of the big 3? Really?

Ray and Rondo and Wall and Beal and Porter and JJ and Deron get called out for not knowing what it takes in one way or another.

Paul was awful most of the year last year. Moping around, throwing stupid and lazy passes, and shooting like shite.
KG got a lot of criticism early last year, but he never played as poorly as Paul did.

Deron has to expect criticism and stop excusing himself, but Paul just has to keep his mouth shut.

Lots of Brooklyn guys raved about KG and how he helped and supported guys all the time. I never heard that about Paul.

Tony_Starks
04-16-2015, 07:00 PM
Not surprising to hear Joe was laid back. He never struck me as a leader but more of a guy that quietly handles his biz and at least he's good for a clutch bucket if you need one.

D Will was more of a disappointment. Last year he himself said that he'd lost his confidence but just to hear how mentally weak he was from another players perspective is sad seeing how great he really was at one point.

Kind of a jerk move on Pierces part to call everybody else out though, especially since he tried to come back. Its like trying to get back with your girlfriend, she won't take you back, then you go on to talk about how horrible the relationship was....