Â â€˜â€˜I think about it,â€™â€™ Pierce said about the possibility of shutting his season down early. â€˜â€˜I think about it definitely with the way my bodyâ€™s been feeling since Iâ€™ve been back. I mean, itâ€™s crossed my mind, especially with these remaining games and whether I should just take the rest and come back strong next season. But itâ€™s a tough situation. Iâ€™m such a competitive person, I want to be out there. The footâ€™s been OK, but I think Iâ€™ve hurt other parts of my body because of it. When I first came back I really didnâ€™t want to jump as much or put as much pounding on it. That ended up hurting other parts of my body.
Â Â Â Â â€˜â€˜Iâ€™ll probably have to sit down and talk with Doc. I know Iâ€™ve been having problems with my elbow and other parts. So Iâ€™ll probably sit down with coach some time after this road trip and talk to him about it and see what he thinks.â€™â€™
Â Â Â Â At this point, Rivers doesnâ€™t think much of the theory that something can be gained by Pierce beginning his offseason early.
Â Â Â Â â€˜â€˜I donâ€™t buy into that,â€™â€™ Rivers said. â€˜â€˜I think you get paid to play, and if youâ€™re healthy enough to play, you play. Heâ€™s not hurting himself. If he had an injury, then thatâ€™s a whole different ballgame. But he doesnâ€™t have an injury thatâ€™s going to hurt him. To me, you play. . . . No would be my answer right now. I think you should want to play, and I think Paul does. I think he set a great example when he pushed hard to come back.â€™â€™