The day that Celtics fans everywhere have dreaded is upon us. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will hold up jerseys that have no green in them at all. For the squeamish or the sentimentalists, I respectfully suggest that you take a day off and find someplace without an Internet connection or wireless signal. Enjoy nature or time with your friends and family.
For those looking for closure... well, that should be available today.
At high noon on Thursday at Downtown's Barclays Center, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will finally be fitted with their black-and-white Nets jerseys, leaving behind the Green and (Larry O'Brien Trophy) Gold championship legacy they established during their halcyon days in Boston.
The details of the event haven't been disclosed, but expect spectacle and surprise. The theme, we do know, is "We're In," The press conference will be held on the floor of the arena, not in the atrium where the arena's other big events, the ribbon-cutting, Islanders move and Jason Kidd hiring, have been held. There will be hundreds of media, including NetsDaily, as well as a group of season ticket holders inside and as many people who can stand the heat watching on the Oculus outside. Kidd and Billy King, the architect of the deals that brought it all together, will be available as well.
As expected, we haven't heard from Kevin Garnett. Paul Pierce flooded us with heartwarming pictures via his instagram account (cheers to him and whoever his PR consultants are - that was incredibly classy). But we haven't heard them speak on the emotions that must be going through their hearts right now. Jason Terry is always available, so he offered some words.
"I know they were both disappointed that it had to end this way for them in Boston," Terry said yesterday from Las Vegas. "I don’t want to put words in their mouths, but I know they both really wanted to see things through to the end in Boston. I don’t really know if they’re OK with all of this now, but they’re kind of saddened by it."
Still, I'd expect some emotions to get the best of KG and especially Pierce today. They are moving on and should be all rights be excited about this latest chapter in their careers. But I'll bet they have more than a few thoughts for the Boston faithful before they move on.