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Boston Celtics Legend Paul Pierce’s Legacy Lives On Ahead Of Final Game In Boston

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Boston Celtics Legend Paul Pierce‘s Legacy Lives On Ahead Of Final Game In Boston

For Jaylen Brown and his generation of players the one player that defines Boston Celtics greatness is Paul Pierce unlike the previous generations that would point to Larry Bird or John Havlicek.

Now with the Los Angeles Clippers, Pierce has said he plans to retire after this season which means Sunday’s game at the TD Garden will be the final curtain call for a player who is regarded as one of the greatest to ever don a Celtics jersey.

“When I picture the Celtics in my head, Paul Pierce is what I think of,” Brown said. “It’s going to be an exciting time, an exciting game.”

Pierce was drafted by Boston with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, is ranked among the franchise leaders in several categories. In scoring, the 10-time All-Star trails only John Havlicek. Three-pointers attempted, Three-pointers made, assists, steals, minutes played, he’s among the franchise’s all-time leaders in all those categories.

His biggest contribution was with Banner 17 in 2008 with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen helping form a Big Three that has been duplicated many times over since by teams in both conferences.

Boston’s Jae Crowder has made no secret about his displeasure in fans cheering for players on the opposing team. But when it comes to Pierce, Crowder knows they are going to show him a lot of love all game long.

Crowder loves the passion that Celtics fans seem to have for their players.

“I know exactly what he’s done for his organization,” Crowder said.  “When I grew up looking at basketball, I was looking at Paul Pierce and the Lakers go at it in the Finals. I just remember that he built a lot of good stuff we have today, with going for another banner. He got the latest one, so of course what he’s done for this organization has not gone unnoticed. I’m sure our fans will send him out the right way.”

Boston’s Marcus Smart is also among those who appreciates what Pierce did for the Celtics organization.

“Words can’t explain the things that he has done,” Smart said. “The path that he’s opened up for guys like me. His work ethic, everybody knows it. And ‘Truth,’ his name speaks for itself. He is much highly respected here and in this league. He deserves it.”

Jaylen Brown admitted to trying to imitate The Truth’s game.

“Paul Pierce is one of the greats; one of the greatest scorers,” Brown said. “He gets to that mid-range game, elbow shots, step-back fade-aways, all of that. I studied his game, watched his game; can’t wait to play against him.

Brown added, “I don’t know anybody is better than Paul Pierce at getting to their sweet spots. Paul Pierce has sweet spots on the floor and everybody knows it. If he gets there, you can’t stop him from getting there. And if he gets there and misses, it’s only on him if he misses it or not. He’s shot that shot so many times, he feels so comfortable. That’s one thing I’ve worked on, trying to find sweet spots on the floor and master it the same way Paul Pierce and some of those greats do.”

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Kyrie Irving Wants To Win Without LeBron James

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Newly minted Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving had a public fallout with LeBron James. This fallout caused Irving to request a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and ended up getting him to Boston.

In his first media appearance as a Celtic, he took to ESPN’s First Take to tackle a number of issues including LeBron James. In regards to James, Irving doesn’t care about the future hall of famers feelings and didn’t even tell him he wanted out of “Believeland”.

Smith: “Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you or your representatives met with ownership to let them know that you wanted out?”

Irving: “No.”

Smith: “Why not?”

Irving: “Why would I have to?”

Smith: “If you don’t speak to someone about it, they might take it personally.”

Irving: “Yeah.”

Smith: “Do you care about that at all?”

Irving: “No.”

When Irving requested out of Cleveland the Cavs handled the situation poorly and leaked the request to members of the media. For that, Irving was even more at ends with them.

“I felt like the timing was impeccable if you ask me,” Irving explained. “I think how ironic it was that I was on my China trip and how my trade rumors all of a sudden just came out publicly. And it was hurtful because I knew how professional I had kept it throughout the whole entire process, and how strategic it was. Because I knew it was going to be madness, and it turned out to be like that. And when you’re living in a reality-based (world) and I’m a very awake individual and you have all these exterior forces trying to change or skew everyone else’s opinion, and I’m not able to say anything, and I’m sitting back and being very, very patient, it became something that I didn’t understand because of the amount of moments that we had together as a team. .. It was hurtful to see that a lot of the reports, and a lot of things that were happening, there was minimal truth to it.”

When it came down to it though, the culture and environment surrounding Cleveland was a driving factor in making him want out. Part of it admittedly was likely the departure of former GM David Griffen and James’s controlling factor.

“When you think about the journey, and you also put things into perspective for what they really are, it’s a truthful environment. And I wasn’t getting that (in Cleveland). And that’s where it really stands,” he explained.

Despite being considered one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference this season Irving understands a lot of work will need to be put into making the Celtics compete.

“That’s the kind of difficult question that will be asked throughout the entire season until we form our identity,” Irving said when asked about expectations. “Only four guys from last year’s team are returning. It’s totally a new journey. I have high expectations and we share that as a group.”

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

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Isaiah Thomas Only a Ploy in Trade with Cavs

We’ve been bamboozled (to quote Burgermeister Meisterburger). Yes, the nerve-racking Celtics-Cavaliers trade is finally done! You can now exhale. But when we dig through the convoluted pile of permutations and appraisals of this deal, doesn’t it all seem highly questionable? Come on, this thing was announced a week before it was completed, a bonafide Woj-bomb. Why the delay? I’ll tell you. There is one person who is responsible for all this controversy, albeit through inadvertence. That man would be none other than “the little guy” Isaiah Thomas.

That’s right, the undisputed fan-favorite and beloved underdog: Isaiah Thomas. Bless his heart; we all know that he’s done a great deal of good for the Celtics. Surely, we’re grateful for the fearless pony-up player he has been for us.

Since last Wednesday, the Celtics and the Cavaliers have been in a gridlocked game of tug-of-war. Thomas has undoubtedly played the threadbare rope, in the middle of all this. Through no fault of his own, he was misrepresented as the centerpiece of the C’s offer for Kyrie Irving. Maybe cockeyed “homer” fans accept this fallacy to be true. But make no mistake, both organizations knew Thomas’ true value the entire time. He is nothing more than a damaged fringe-superstar whose purpose is to be parlayed into draft picks.

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Trade For Irving Now Complete

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Trade For Irving Now Complete, Celtics And Cavs Can Move On

In the least shocking news of the year, the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers is now complete.

After Cleveland extorted the Celtics for extra compensation in the deal the Celtics conceded and sent the Cavs its 2020 second round pick it acquired via the Miami Heat.

Now that the deal is complete the official structure of the trade is as follows.

Celtics Recieve:

Cavs Recieve

Cleveland received extra compensation because they believed that the Boston Celtics were not fully transparent about the health of Isaiah Thomas throughout the process.

Even if that is true, the health of Thomas’s hip has been highly publicized and occurred during a series in which Cleveland was playing in.

Boston, on the other hand, believes they were completely straight forward with Cleveland and that the Thomas status was widely known by everyone in the league. But with the Celtics bent over on the barrel, the Cavs were in the unique position to extort Danny Ainge and company for extra compensation.

It is, of course, worth noting that Thomas isn’t expected to be ready to play day 1. Even he has acknowledged that.

“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

With the deal now complete, Boston will look to fill the roster spot that has been created by the trade. Candidates for that include Tony Allen and Andrew Bogut.

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