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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett tribute videos may make you cry

If you thought the introductions for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett’s first game back in Boston were moving, wait til you see these videos.

Early in the Brooklyn Nets-Boston Celtics game on Sunday night at TD Garden, the Celtics played video tributes to Pierce and KG on the jumbotron. The videos were powerful and brought back all the great memories each produced with the team. For Pierce, it was 15 seasons of memories, beginning with the night David Stern announced that he had been picked by the Celtics in the draft. For Garnett, it was six seasons of memories, with the peak being the championship he won with Pierce and Ray Allen in 2008.

The videos were so moving, they left Paul Pierce in tears and Garnett giving a tip of the cap to the fans:

Paul Pierce crying

Kevin Garnett tips cap

Garnett doesn’t usually show that type of positive emotion, so you know he was seriously impacted by the video.

KG on Andrea Bargnani talking trash to him: I don’t speak Italian (Video)

Kevin Garnett Andrea BargnaniKevin Garnett and Andrea Bargnani got into a mini skirmish during the fourth quarter of the New York Knicks’ whooping of the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night that led to double-technical fouls. A minute later, Bargnani received another technical foul and automatic ejection after trash-talking Garnett.

After the game, KG was mum on what Bargnani said to him. What was funny was the way he comically joked that he didn’t understand whatever Bargnani said because he doesn’t speak Italian:

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Doc Rivers defends Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett against LeBron James criticism

Paul-Pierce-Doc-Rivers-Kevin-GarnettLeBron James created somewhat of a preseason trash talking war last week when he basically accused Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett of being hypocrites. Garnett and Pierce were both open in expressing their disappointment with Ray Allen for choosing to sign with the Miami Heat. LeBron felt that KG and Pierce did the same thing by going to the Brooklyn Nets. Doc Rivers does not see it that way.

Unlike Allen, Pierce and Garnett were traded. Rivers pointed that out on Thursday when asked about LeBron’s criticism toward his former players.

“Paul and Kevin were traded,” Rivers said on ESPN Radio in Miami, via the NY Daily News. “They were traded. Paul was traded whether he wanted to be or not. Kevin was the only one who had to agree to be traded even though he had already been traded. He had to agree to the trade. That’s completely different.”

[Related: Kevin Garnett tells LeBron James to worry about his own team]

It makes sense that Doc would defend his former stars. Had it not been for the certainty that Rivers was going to leave Boston for greener (well, not literally) pastures, there was a chance the Celtics would have tried to keep their core together for one last run.

“You could make more of a case for me leaving than Paul and Kevin,” Rivers added.

We get why LeBron said what he did. He was trying to stick up for his teammate, although the issue is kind of a dead one at this point and didn’t really need to be addressed. As we have heard so many times in the past, it’s all part of the business side of the game.

Kevin Garnett tells LeBron James to worry about his team

Kevin Garnett LeBron JamesKevin Garnett responded to LeBron James on Thursday, telling the Miami Heat star to worry about his own team.

The Heat played the Brooklyn Nets in the preseason on Thursday. The game between the two led to questions concerning Ray Allen facing his former Boston Celtics teammates, who were traded to the Nets over the offseason. LeBron pointed out that it was wrong for Garnett and Paul Pierce to crap on Allen for leaving the Celtics when those two did the same thing a year later.

“Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business,” Garnett said, via ESPN New York.

Pierce was also asked about the issue and noted that he didn’t leave in free agency the way Allen did, but was traded.

It’s understandable why KG and Pierce were upset with Allen. The three of them joined up in Boston in 2007 and won a championship together. Allen left them and signed with the team’s biggest rival. Rather than go down with the aging ship, he saw that going to the Heat would be his best chance at winning a title, and his foresight paid off.

Pierce and KG should be able to see that — and they probably do — but they’ll probably never get over having one of their tight brothers leaving to play for the enemy.

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett conveniently placed next to erectile dysfunction ad

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The Brooklyn Nets know Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are getting old, but they are hoping the veterans can provide enough of a spark to lead another NBA title run. Pierce is 36 and Garnett is 37. Both players are old for the game of basketball, although they are still fairly young men in everyday society. Apparently the NY Daily News feels Pierce and KG are old enough to be associated with the little blue pill.

Fine, so it’s probably a coincidence that the NY Daily News ran an advertisement about erectile dysfunction below a picture of two of Brooklyn’s new additions on Thursday. It’s still hilarious.

Photo via Deadspin

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade basically call Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce hypocrites

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett was not shy about expressing his displeasure with Ray Allen when Allen chose to sign with the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics last year. Allen pursued what he felt was the best situation for his family and best chance to win, and he ended up looking pretty wise when the Heat won their second straight NBA title.

When Allen first left, KG said that he lost Allen’s phone number and hadn’t spoken to his teammate. Then when Ray checked into his first game as a member of the Heat against the Celtics, Garnett refused to give him the time of day. Now that both Garnett and Paul Pierce have accepted a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade think they’re hypocrites for being so hard on Allen.

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” LeBron told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.

“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”

Wade agreed.

“People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing,” he said. “It’s about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day, we all do that. You can’t really say anything about someone that does it for themselves.”

LeBron certainly knows all about leaving for a better situation, as this urinal cake reminded us. The difference — in Garnett’s mind at least — was that Boston still had a chance to make a title run with Allen last season. They nearly beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals the year before, so KG and Pierce were hoping Allen would join them for one final go at it. This year, Boston had virtually no chance of winning with or without the remaining pieces of The Big Three.

There is something to be said for loyalty, but there’s also a reason contracts expire. If players want to play elsewhere, that’s their prerogative. Not every change of scenery has to be viewed as betrayal.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Kevin Garnett would have retired if not traded with Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett was in no mood to continue his basketball career if he were separated from Paul Pierce.

Pierce and KG have been teammates since the former Minnesota Timberwolves MVP was traded to the Boston Celtics prior to the 2008-2009 season. They won a championship together in their first year and made the Celtics title contenders in each subsequent season. The relationship between the two goes back to their AAU days in high school, so they’re tighter than many realize. Because of all that, Garnett says he would have retired if he and Pierce weren’t traded together.

Garnett is in China and answered fan questions in an online chat, as far as I can tell. Here’s what KG said via Sina Sports (it’s been translated by Google):

Moderator: Can you say if the transaction object is only you, no Pierce, you would choose to reject it?

Kevin Garnett: I would refuse, for sure, if I am a man was traded away, I would choose to retire, without a doubt, I would choose a direct retired.

Moderator: I heard that after this season you ready to retire?

Kevin Garnett: That is a rumor, I was thinking just want to find a good place, and now Jason – Terry, Paul – Pierce told me to go with the Nets, the Nets have done coach Kidd I think for me is a good choice, I went, really looking forward to next season.

The translation is choppy, but you can tell what Garnett was saying. It says a lot about his relationship with Pierce that he wanted to stick together with his buddy.

At 37 years old, Garnett has had a long career and was considering retirement. But he, Pierce and Jason Terry are on a good team with the Brooklyn Nets and will be competing for the Eastern Conference championship. KG may avoid playing back-to-back nights to save his body, but he still has enough to help them.

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