I can imagine how those diehard Celtics fans felt when the end of the original Big Three ended. The difference being Bird, McHale and Parish chose their own ending to end of their Celtics career. While I began watching basketball with that Big Three, my real love of Celtics basketball came from watching the growth of Paul Peirce and the birth of the new Big Three that not only brought a ring, but relevance back to Boston Basketball. It’s with that perspective that I have found todays Net’s conference, also the conversation with Jackie M, so hard. While I understand Danny’s reason behind moving forward with the trade for Pierce, I feel that he earned the right to end his career in Boston. So while I look forward to moving ahead, hopefully with Rondo, I hope that this next chapter will be as rewarding as watching the last 15 years of progression of a franchise and the growth of a great player like Pierce.
I guess one of the things that makes this interesting as such a Pierce fan is that I never felt that he received enough respect nationally and even within the local Boston media that he should have deserved. As a New York resident, but a diehard Celtics Fan, the lack of respect he received was hard to watch as the New York Media fawned over players such as Starks and Ewing in their heyday to the love that Melo and Stoudamire receives; I hate to say that maybe now everyone will gain a real appreciation of what Pierce brought to Boston for so many years. I still hold out the hope that he will finish his year and return to Boston to retire; either way it’s hard to see him leave and I wish him the best. Banner 17 bought Danny some room to be creative, but I hope that he can parlay that into the birth of a new “Big Three” or a way to make sure that the Celtics stay relevant and contend; either way without Piece it will seem lacking our real Captain.