Pierce looks to create 'legacy' in Brooklyn

Pierce looks to create 'legacy' in Brooklyn
July 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Flanked by Kevin Garnett to his right and Jason Terry on his left, Paul Pierce was in a familiar spot - the center of attention.

But that was about the only thing that felt quite right for the former Celtic Captain on Wednesday when he, along with Garnett and Terry, were introduced as the newest members of the Brooklyn Nets.

"This is a great day for Brooklyn, for the organization and for basketball," said Nets GM Billy King.

While all three former Celtics will have an adjustment period, no one will struggle with this more than Pierce who had spent his entire 15-year career playing for Boston.

"It hasn't really sunk in," Pierce said. "It's starting to sink in as we speak; just being in this arena. I saw my jersey (No. 34) in the locker room. You saw the trade and so you're like, 'there's a trade.' But for me to actually be here now, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city ... it's starting to sink in now that it has become real. I'm no longer a Boston Celtic. I'm a Brooklyn Net."

And those words deliver the kind of blow to the gut to Celtics Nation that even with Wednesday's press conference being well after the trade became official, still hurts.

"That's what it is right now," Pierce said. "It's a business. At some point, we all have to move on. I'm here to try and create some kind of legacy in Brooklyn."

It's no secret that the Nets made this blockbuster trade with one goal in mind - to win a championship now.

"When you are building a team," King said. "If you can add players you want to add players with a championship pedigree."

Pierce, having won an NBA title in Boston in 2008 as well as being named NBA Finals MVP, brings that to the table.

"Obviously Boston is going in a different direction and at this point in our careers, we're championship driven," Pierce said. "We've made a lot of money in our careers. We've won a number of awards. I think at this point right now, we're all about winning a championship and we feel Brooklyn gives us the best opportunity."

That said, Pierce knows he will always be associated with the Boston Celtics regardless of how things play out for him with his new team in Brooklyn.

"Obviously I would have loved to have ended my career in Boston," Pierce said. "But that day and age is probably over with, with a lot of players spending their careers in one city."