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.