After shutting it down for the season, Paul Pierce said he will spend more time than ever this summer getting himself back into shape for next year.
“That’s the focus right now, getting back healthy, getting back to where I was at the beginning of the year to help this ball club improve in the future,” Pierce said in the Celtics locker room about an hour before his team was scheduled to take on the Bucks. Pierce said the decision to shut it down was in the team’s best interest.
“It came between me, the doctors, Coach Rivers, and Danny (Ainge),” said Pierce. “We all talked. I just thought it was the best thing in the long run.”
Pierce said he would probably be playing if the team was in the playoffs. He said he doesn’t need more treatment on his elbow as long as he gives it time to rest. He said he will take three weeks off before getting into his offseason training program.
Pierce touched on several topics, including:
“That’s up to the ownership, management to discuss. I’m going to make sure I’m ready for next season, but I think they understand what needs to be done. It’s in their hands.”
“Like I said, that’s the business that [ownership] is going to handle, having Doc around. They’re happy with what he’s done with the young guys. That’s the decisions they made.”
Pierce was asked if he would like to see Rivers around in the future. He hesitated a moment.
“Um, I think Doc has been good to me. The last couple years I’ve had great years under Doc. He’s helped me become a better leader.”
“I probably won’t watch. I’ll just wait for a phone call. I’ll probably be on the beach or something. I’ll just keep my phone next to me that day.”