NEW YORK — It was obvious, like a smalltown boy getting off the bus in rush-hour Manhattan, that Paul Pierce was uncomfortable with Thursday’s christening as a Brooklyn Net. Although team employees and fans cheered the introduction of the three new players at Barclays Center, Pierce sat with a dazed expression.
He was no longer a Boston Celtic. He was handed a white jersey with his name on the back. Pierce stood next to Kevin Garnett, the most familiar face in a sea of strangers, as he attempted to overcome his discomfort.
This is his new reality. The Nets partied like it was Boston 2007 in introducing the three newest additions to their championship-contending club. Pierce, a Celtics legend, Garnett, forever a Celtic favorite, and Jason Terry, a Celtic for just one season, stood together with jerseys in hand, attempting to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings.
On June 27, the Celtics agreed to send Pierce, Garnett, Terry, and D.J. White to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, three first-round picks, and the right to swap picks in 2017.
For Boston, it was an opportunity to foster its rebuilding plan and move on from the new Big Three Era. For Brooklyn, it was a chance to compete for a championship immediately.
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