Doc Rivers Believes Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett Have a Lot Left
The former coach of the Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, believes that his former players, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, have a lot left in the tank. Despite, the Boston Celtics seeking a roster change this past off-season, the two aging stars still have a lot to offer.
“I think obviously Paul’s younger and in tune to play more minutes than Kevin,” Rivers told the Boston Globe. “But I think they’re still at the top of their games. I think Paul is still one of those guys who can go off for big nights and still have big scoring nights. Kevin is a culture change. He won’t play but 20 to 25 minutes a night and there’ll probably be nights when he doesn’t play but his presence there alone will absolutely change the culture of Brooklyn. There’s no doubt about it. I think for some of the young guys, even some of the veteran stars, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, will learn and understand what a winner is and looks like and professionalism and being prepared. That’s what I was most impressed with Kevin, how every game he prepared himself for games. That’s what I told our young guys that I just wanted them to watch him prepare for games. It was why he was so consistent. I thought it was that important.”
Pierce recently deemed KG and himself as glorified role players. And now that Pierce and Garnett are on such a stacked team, they no longer have to carry the team every single night. Furthermore, if Pierce and Garnett are on a strict minutes restriction this season, it will not only extend their playing ability into the playoffs, but it will also extend their careers.