For the first time, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry held Brooklyn Nets jerseys in front of them at an introductory press conference on Thursday, signaling the end to their time as Celtics.
CSNNE Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely said that their introductions brought a sense of closure to Celtics fans.
The trade that sent two legendary Celtics to Brooklyn became official on July 10, and it was a weird feeling all around Boston to see Pierce, who had been a Celtic all his life, don a different color than green.
"I think it's not really gonna hit Celtics fans until you actually see them playing in a Brooklyn Nets jersey that they're no longer Celtics," Blakely said on "SportsNet Central." "Certainly when you look at Paul Pierce's body language and Kevin Garnett that this is as awkward for them as it is for us, looking at it from the outside."
Garnett, Pierce and Terry join Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez in Brooklyn, as the Nets are in a win-now mode. After all, they sent three first-round picks and several young players, including MarShon Brooks, to Boston. It is unclear how Brooklyn's team dynamic will work with all the new additions, and Blakely said the key for the Nets to succeed is to have a strong sense of team chemistry, similar to what the Celtics had when they last won the NBA Finals five years ago.
"When you look back at the '08 team, that was the strength, the continuity," Blakely said.