Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd confirmed on Saturday what we already knew when the preseason schedule was released — that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett wouldn’t be playing in their (preseason) return to the Garden.
“As of right now, those two won’t play in Boston,” Kidd said. “They’ll play in the final (preseason) game (in Miami on Friday).”
Pierce said he probably wouldn’t travel to Boston, though Kidd said he hasn’t talked with Pierce or Garnett about travel.
“I’d rather do it once than twice,” Pierce said of making his return to Boston.
This isn’t a diss to Boston, it’s just simply that he doesn’t want to go through the emotional roller coaster, that it’ll be, twice. Which is smart. Plus, a regular season return is a much better way to receive a full-blown tribute. After all, Pierce was the face of the Celtics for 15 seasons, before getting traded to Brooklyn this past offseason.
Garnett played his last six seasons in Boston and spent his first 12 NBA seasons in Minnesota. The returns for both players should be an emotional one.
Here’s what KG’s return to Minnesota looked like in 2008:
The Nets play in Boston on January 26, which is when the official return to Boston will occur for both Pierce and Garnett.