Paul Pierce is back for his 15th season in the NBA all with the Celtics.
But the way his 14th season ended undoubtedly hurt an Eastern Conference Finals exit at the hands of the Heat.
What's more, Pierce had no idea what to expect going forward. He spoke with CSNNE's Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman about the things going through his mind once the season ended.
"It was difficult not only losing, but not understanding what was next," Pierce said. "A lot of that went in my head after we lost. It was like, 'Is KG going to retire? Are we going to build? Am I going to be playing somewhere else?' It was just a lot of things went through my head."
But Pierce wouldn't have left Boston, would he?
"It really did cross my mind because of the way things went with the trade rumors, the possibility of me being traded, possibility of us rebuilding. It's like, it was hard not to think about that. Sometimes it wears on your mentally. You don't know what your future is going to be or what's your next step."
That's fair, but come on Paul you couldn't reallllly see yourself on another team, right?
"It would be difficult," he admitted. "I was telling somebody the other day that I was pretty much institutionalized. If I go anywhere else I couldn't see it."