NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd believes that Paul Pierce’s emotional return to Boston on Jan. 26 allowed the future Hall of Fame forward to get some closure, move on and begin really thriving in Brooklyn.
“To go back to Boston, the place you were drafted, I think that probably closed the door on his career there in Boston,” Kidd told reporters Sunday.
Pierce played the first 15 seasons of his career with the Celtics. The 36-year-old veteran was initially stunned when he was traded by the only franchise he’d ever known.
It took Pierce a while to get over that.
Pierce has a deep emotional attachment to Boston, however, that will last forever.
And he said earlier this season that he could envision himself returning to the Celtics in the future.
“Yeah, why not?” Pierce said. “Maybe as a player, maybe as a coach. Who knows what the future holds?”
Pierce is averaging 13.3 points on 39.4 percent shooting for the Nets in the playoffs.
He will become a free agent at season’s end, though Brooklyn can pay him more than any other team because it has his Bird Rights.
• Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey will not make any changes to his starting lineup in Game 4 but did reveal that he could make some changes to his rotation.
Casey said the flow of the game would dictate what he decides to do rotation-wise.