Pierce 'bitter' Allen went to Heat; 'big fan' of Terry

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Pierce 'bitter' Allen went to Heat; 'big fan' of Terry

For the past five years, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen have been known as "The Big Three". With Allen's departure to Miami, that name gets put to rest once again.

But it won't take long for all three players to find themselves on the same court. Boston opens up its season in Miami on October 30m, Opening Night, against the defending champions. Instead of Allen coming out of the visitors tunnel, he'll be trotting out on the home side right behind LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Pierce was asked by Celtics.com's Molly McGrath on his feelings about this future situation.

"It's going to be a little weird, you know, but Ray made the best decision for him," Pierce said. "And that's what pretty much it's all about. You get in these situations, you get in free agency, you make a decision what's best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization will never be forgotten."

Pierce was then asked if he's talked to Allen since the season ended. He gave a response that probably echoes the rest of the team's sentiments.

"Couple texts. You know, I'm a little bitter that he went to Miami, but he's still a brother of mine."

Brother off the court, perhaps, but now enemies on it. The Celtics didn't waste any time waiting for Allen's response or filling the roster without him. They went out and signed Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, two guards who look to more than make up for Allen's production. Pierce is especially excited to play with Terry.

"I've always been a big fan of Jason Terry's," he said. "I just think playing against him in college a couple of years and just watching his NBA career flourish over the years then winning a championship and just bringing that element to our ballclub now. You know, he's one of the best sixth men all-time to ever play the game, you know, that's something we were lacking a year ago and that's only due to injuries. So hopefully he can bring that and the consistency, that championship experience so that we can get back to where we were a few years ago."

C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

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C's players mull how to utilize platform as athletes for social commentary

WALTHAM -- The national anthem protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have had an undeniable ripple effect on professional sports teams across the country. And that includes the Boston Celtics.
 
“We as an organization know what’s going on,” said Marcus Smart. “We read and see and hear about it every day. It’s a sensitive subject for everybody.”
 
While it’s unlikely that Celtics players will do something similar to Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, there’s no question some are figuring out the best way to utilize their platform as athletes to express their views on current social issues.
 
“Us athletes have to take advantage of the stage we’re on,” said Jae Crowder. “Try to make a positive out it. You can’t fix negative problems with negative energy. I don’t want to do anything negative; I want to do something positive, shed light on the situation.”
 
Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and a number of professional athletes have tried to have more attention paid to recent killings of African-Americans by police officers where, based on the video footage, it appears excessive or unnecessary force was used.
 
It is a topic that has brought a wide range of responses from many in the sports world, including the dean of NBA coaches, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
 
During the Spurs’ media day this week, he was asked about the Kaepernick’s protests.
 
“I absolutely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, and I respect their courage for what they’ve done,” Popovich told reporters. “The question is whether it will do any good or not because it seems that change really seems to happen through political pressure, no matter how you look at it.”
 
As examples of the political pressure he was referring to, Popovich mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ability to galvanize group, as well as the NBA and other organizations pulling their events out of the state of North Carolina because of its legislation as it relates to the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
 
“The important thing that Kaepernick and others have done is keep it in the conversation,” Popovich said.
 
And while there may be differing opinions as to whether Kaepernick or any other athlete should be protesting, the one common thread that seems to bind the Celtics players and the front office is them having the right to speak out not only as professional athletes, but Americans.
 
“The biggest thing is we all really value the freedoms that we have and that we’ve been allotted,” said coach Brad Stevens, who added that he has had individual discussions with players on this subject. “We certainly support an individual’s freedoms. It’s been great to engage in those discussions. It’s been really fun for me how excited our guys are about using their platform.”
 
And that more than anything else is why Crowder feels the Celtics have to have a united front as far as the message they present to the masses.
 
“If we want change we have to do it together,” Crowder said. “I feel like those guys (other athletes) used their platforms well. I think more athletes should do the same. You can’t do it with any hatred; you can’t do it with any negative. You have to do it with positive energy.”