Pierce sees 'bright future' for Celtics

Pierce sees 'bright future' for Celtics
October 16, 2013, 12:15 am
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — As the final seconds came and went in Brooklyn's 82-80 win over the Boston Celtics, there was clear disappointment on the Celtics part that they couldn't escape with the win.

On the Nets bench at the time was former Celtic Paul Pierce who saw a Boston team that, while not necessarily a title contender right now, has some talented young players to build a strong foundation for the future.

"I've watched them a couple times on TV," said Pierce who had four points, 10 rebounds and five assists against his former team Tuesday night.

Pierce likes the Celtics' rookie big men, as well as the growth by second-year forward Jared Sullinger who has been Boston's starting center the last two games.

"He's taken the next step," Pierce said of Sullinger. He's finally healthy."

And any talk about the Celtics future wouldn't be complete if there wasn't some mention of Rajon Rondo.

The four-time All-Star is out indefinitely while recovering from a torn right ACL injury suffered in January but was not surgically repaired until the middle of February.

Rondo refuses to put a timetable on his return other than to say that he will return to the Celtics' lineup sometime during the 2013-2014 season.

Earlier this month, Rondo had a press conference to announce the eight-year athletics apparel deal he signed with Chinese-based Anta which also has Kevin Garnett under contract.

In addition to his new contract, Rondo also talked about the factors that will come into play as far as when he will return to the court.

"Basketball is a game of instincts," he said. "You have to go out there and just play the game. You can't second-guess anything you do out there. The way I play; run, jump, change direction so quickly, you don't have time to think about the injury you had. When I get to that point and I'm doing it with contact, I'll play."

Said Pierce: "When they get Rondo back, they have a bright future."

But Rondo's return, much like the Celtics' season as a whole, remains very much up in the air.