Nostalgia, it's something we all have the capability of feeling. Some feel it more strongly than others. Whether you move towns, change jobs, or break-up with a long time love there is that small pang in your heart forcing you to consider the possibility of things returning to the way they used to be.
Paul Pierce seems to feel a lot of nostalgia for Boston, who could blame him? He played in the city for 15 years, won a title, and had many highs and lows while wearing the green and white. He has earned a place in the rafters and a place in the hearts of Celtics' fans.
Last week, Gary Washburn reported in the Boston Globe that Pierce is planning on returning to Boston to become a greater part of the community. "Ultimately, what I would like to do is have a business in Boston. Maybe like a sports bar. I would love to do something like that here. None of the former Celtic great players have come and done that."
Part of this reeks of desperation, it seems like Pierce is nervous that maybe he is not loved in Boston anymore. He should understand that he will always be loved, and he'll be loved even more when the newest version of the team struggles with his absence. However, this also come across like that high schooler that is so sad to graduate and as he leaves he makes these promises to return and stay in touch with people. Then that kid gets to college and realizes that college is way better than high school and never follows up on those promises.
Right now, that's what Pierce looks like. That high schooler making promises to return. Brooklyn is going to be like college for Pierce. He'll get to hang out, not have as much expected of him, and just enjoy the ride. Brooklyn will shower him with love and if the team does well and he becomes the role player he expects to be he will forget all about Boston.
The other side of this is that Brooklyn fans should be a little bit annoyed that Pierce is speaking about his future in Boston. If the roles were reversed and someone like Patrick Ewing came to Boston and spoke about how much he loved New York and how he was looking forward to returning to New York to be a part of that community, people in Boston would not be happy.
It seems strange that Pierce is so openly pining for a return to Boston. He was melancholy at the press conference, he seemed hurt that he did not get the Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant treatment, and now he's discussing his return.
It all reeks of an unfocused player than might not have all his ducks in a row. Brooklyn fans should hope that Kevin Garnett gets in his ear and tells him to get himself together before the season starts, because Brooklyn is going to need his leadership. Right now it seems like Pierce is more focused on another city that he used to love.
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