The Boston Celtics have struggled early in the 2021-22 NBA season, and Hall of Fame Celtics champion Paul Pierce has a few ideas about what might be ailing the team he played for over the course of 15 seasons, by far the majority of his career in the league.
The Truth was making an appearance on the Sports Illustrated “Crossover” podcast hosted by Chris Mannix and Howard Beck, speaking with the former about a number of pertinent issues in the Association of today when the topic of Boston’s rough start came up in conversation. Asked what he thought the issue with the Celtics is to start the season, Pierce did not hold back.
“Well, I think a number of things,” began the Inglewood native.
“They lost a veteran point guard in Kemba Walker, I think that was a huge loss,” Pierce explained. “I think if he had another year to get seasoned with them, they would have been better.”
“But, you’ve got to understand they dealt with COVID issues. They dealt with injuries. And also they have a new coach, a young coach. He’s never been a head coach in the league, implementing a new system, new players, new personalities, and trying to make it work.”
“So, it’s not about the talent,” he suggested.
Pierce also pointed to injury early in the season to key players as another cause.
“I think they have the talent to compete in the Eastern Conference, but that’s a combination of those things that I mentioned. That has them struggling early. They don’t have a consistency in the lineup. Jaylen Brown’s been out here and there. (Al) Horford’s in and out.”
“It’s hard to develop some consistency when you don’t have your main core pieces there on a consistent night in, night out basis,” offered The Truth.
The Celtics legend had plenty more to say about the state of the team and the league more generally, but wasn’t shy in offering his criticism of how the team has played early on and why he thought that was.
A little health (and luck) plus time seems like a big part of the solution to a team whose core Pierce believes in moving forward, assuming his assessment is on point.
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