Paul Pierce Told Reporters He Would Consider Boston Return in Multiple Roles

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMarch 7, 2014

USA Today

Paul Pierce will always be a member of the Boston Celtics

The Truth of the matter is that he's playing for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2013-14 campaign. But his time in green isn't done quite yet. Pierce even said so himself after his old team beat his current one 91-84 Friday night, per Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

The 36-year-old is clearly in the twilight of his career, and he's having trouble finding the same level of success he enjoyed in Beantown.

His current per-game averages of 13.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists are all some of the worst marks he's posted in the NBA. The first number is by a solid margin, and the latter two are the second-worst averages he's ever produced. 

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Pierce clearly won't be spending too much more time in the Association, but at least he wants to continue what he started with Boston. Remember, he established himself as one of the greatest players in the legendary franchise's history during his 15 seasons there, but he also ensured that he'd always be a sentimental favorite. 

Sentiments don't reside solely in the hearts of fans, though, notes Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe

Playing against his old squad has had an emotional impact on him each time the Nets have squared off against Boston. 

"That's why the Nets' previous trip to Boston was the toughest game Pierce ever played," Roderick Boone of Newsday wrote before the Friday night rematch. "He moved as if he were in a fog at times, scoring only six points. He hit a big jumper with 2:38 left that gave the Nets an eight-point edge but said it was extremely tough to get into his usual focused zone."

This go-round wasn't much better, as he finished with 10 points on 11 shots and had to deal with a shoulder stinger.

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Now he might be focused when he's on the court, but Pierce isn't going to spew out lies when he's asked about his true feelings. Not at this point in a disappointing season. 

Seeing The Truth suit up in a Boston uniform one more time would be wonderful, even if it means the future Hall of Famer would have to endure the rigors of one more NBA campaign. That's what makes the second part of his statement even more exciting.

Pierce belongs in Boston, and working in a front-office role or sitting on the bench to help out Brad Stevens would be a great compromise. 

Too many legends have finished their basketball careers wearing a strange set of colors. Pierce might have made a brief hiatus to don a black-and-white uniform, but it will all be made up for if he throws on that infamous Celtics green one more time.