Morning Sports Update: Paul Pierce weighed in on Kemba Walker and an ‘aging’ Al Horford

Pierce was vocal about the state of the Celtics, and the departures of Horford and Kyrie Irving.

Paul Pierce getting pre-broadcast advice from Heather Walker before the Boston Celtics play the Cleveland Cavaliers during game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden. photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

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Paul Pierce on the state of the Celtics:

While the departures of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford seemed to put the Celtics at a loss, Paul Pierce “never thought they were in a bad position” to begin with. He told the Boston Herald on Sunday:


“You’ve still got a chance to develop the young guys. And I think Kemba Walker is a great pickup. They’re still a threat in the East.”

One issue throughout last season was team chemistry. Pierce believes that the addition of Walker — and the subtraction of Irving — could improve things.

“I mean, talent don’t always win. We’ve seen that plenty of times. It’s about fit.. It’s about how you get along with your teammates and how the chemistry is. And that’s a strength of Kemba’s, so hopefully it’ll work out.”

Critical of Irving, Pierce subliminally hinted at his leadership: “Some people ask for the pressure and some people can deal with it, Some people can’t. We’ll see what happens now, because it looks like he’s [Irving] got pretty much the same thing in Brooklyn, especially now with KD (Kevin Durant) out.”

While he thinks the departure of Horford was a “tough loss,” Pierce believes it was the right move. He called Horford an, “aging player who’s been on the decline,” and thinks the Celtics, “weren’t ready to commit that much money to him, and I probably wouldn’t have either.”


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