For many years, Paul Pierce was a huge part of the identity of the Boston Celtics
On a team run by Deron Williams, Pierce told the Boston Globe that he is ready for his role as a "glorified role player" in Brooklyn.
“There will definitely be less pressure on me on this ball club than there was in Boston,” Pierce said. “In Boston, I was the No. 1 primary option. Here we have so many options. We have young All-Stars on this team. My job is to be more of a glorified role player, as Doc [Rivers] used to always say, with the guys we have."
The Nets will have a very strong starting lineup with Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, and Pierce. The 35-year-old Pierce knows with such a lineup, his role for the team will vary on a nightly basis.
“With my abilities to do so many things, there’s going to be nights where I’m not going to score a bunch of points." continued Pierce, "I can do other things to help this club win. With the combination of these guys, we’re going to take pressure off each other.”