Doc Rivers is no longer Paul Pierce's coach, but he still has high words for the former Celtic.
Rivers told Newsday that the Celtics/Nets trade may rejuvenate Pierce's basketball career after being traded to Brooklyn.
"I think in some ways, it may give him more life," said Rivers, the former Celtic coach who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason. "I just think it’s tough for him personally. Like he said in the press conference, he wanted to stay and wasn’t allowed to, and that’s tough for him.”
Pierce, the face of the Celtics franchise for 15 years, was traded to Brooklyn with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in July. The three will play under Jason Kidd and with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez in Brooklyn. Rivers said the Nets have the chance to come together and win a championship, but it is up to the players to do so.
"Anything comes together when a lot of people want it to come together, and they have a lot of guys that want it to come together," Rivers said. "Paul, Jason and Kevin want to win another title and everyone else wants to win their first. So if they all want to do that, then it all will work out.”
The Celtics, meanwhile, received a haul of players and draft picks to start a new future.
"If they're going to rebuild," Rivers said, "then they needed draft picks, and they got them."