Paul Pierce did not speak to reporters before tonight’s game. A meeting with reporters is usually part of Pierce’s pregame routine. The Celtics captain went on Boston radio station WEEI earlier today and expressed his frustration with where the team was at in this his ninth season in the league.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers responded to Pierce’s comments before tonight’s game with Milwaukee.
“I feel for every guy in the locker room,” said Rivers. “But yeah, I feel for Paul and Wally, the veteran guys. Because no one wants to go through this. For the young guys, you look at it years later, it might be a very important thing in their career, understanding how tough it is to win games. I believe that. Later on in their career this is going to be an important part to making them a good player. With Paul and Wally and any of the other coaches, no. This is not where any of us envisioned we would be. But we are here, and you can’t run from that fact.”
Rivers was asked if he was worried Pierce would ask out of Boston if things didn’t turn around in the next year or two.
“In a year or two if we are still are (at this record), I don’t think I am going to have to answer that question,” he said. “None of us anticipate being in that situation. If we’re at this point two years from now, everyone’s going to be asking out, and they probably should.”
“In games that Wally and Paul have played in, we’re .500. That still ain’t good enough. Right now if you look at our record, that sounds great. But realistically that’s not good enough. Not for me, it’s not. And not for Paul.”