DENVER — Paul Pierce obviously had mixed feelings about the deadline trade that brought the Celtics Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic in return for Nate Robinson and Kendrick Perkins, a rock at the center spot in their starting lineup.
“You just hope that Danny and Doc know what they’re doing,” he said. “We put our trust in them.”
Pierce’s views on the player-management dynamic were compelling, especially considering how vocal he’s been about playing a more active role in discussions as the players and owners try to come to a new collective bargaining agreement before July 1.
Between LeBron James’ “decision” to leave Cleveland for Miami last summer and Carmelo Anthony’s long-running soap opera that got him out of Denver and traded to New York, the perception was that players have at outrageous amount of power. But when a player like Kendrick Perkins gets dealt after deciding he wants to test the free agent waters, it shows you that power’s only held by an elite minority.
It’s a tough situation, it’s a tough business, but you saw how the business works all in one week. Everybody complains and talks about how ‘Melo dictated what was going on in his situation. Where in another situation a guy can’t control what goes on. So it’s both sides to the business. You can’t be mad at either one of the. Just understand that that’s the nature of the beast.
Everybody thought LeBron James was cold for leaving Cleveland the way he did. This is an example of how it happens on the management end. You can’t get mad at the players because it could happen to them unexpectedly just like a player can go anywhere he wants. That’s just what it is. It’s the nature of the beast.