SPRINGFIELD — John Havlicek has always been a big Paul Pierce fan and was saddened to see the all-time great Celtics leaving the club two months ago in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Pierce played 15 seasons with Boston and is the franchise’s second all-time leading scorer, trailing only Havlicek.
“Well I think he wanted to (stay) but circumstances changed and he was able to sort of give himself another shot (at a championship) so you can’t blame him for that,” the all-time great Celtic said after the Hall of Fame ceremonies Sunday. “It’s like Bill Sharman years ago, left the Celtics and became a Laker of all things. So I wish (Pierce) will and hopes that he gets that ring.”
Havlicek said Pierce ranks highly among the Celtics’ greats.
“That’s what free agency does, it doesn’t allow you to have that continuity,” Havlicek said about Pierce’s departure. “We never made a trade in 10 years (with the Celtics) and all the people remained the same. It’s a lot different today but I wish him well. He’s one of the best all-around players and the thing I marveled at was his one-on-one ability. I think he’s the best one-on-one player of all Celtics.”