I believe that Danny is on the way to building a championship team in Boston as long as he doesn't get impatient and trade our young guys off before we know what they can really accomplish. I loved that quote from Doc. Too many players go all over the league from team to team trying to land on a championship team. I think Pierce is willing to stay in Boston and build one here... Hopefully Danny and Doc will do their part to complete that team around him.
--WALTHAM - A year ago, Paul Pierce was at the crossroads, and it didn't look like any of them would lead him back to Boston.
Fast forward to July 18, 2006; a few hours ago, he was crossing the T's and dotting the I's on a five-year contract extension to be the leader in Boston.
--"Last summer was my longest summer," said Pierce moments after his press conference to talk about the contract extension. "There were a lot questions about my future, and a lot of contemplating if this was the right place for me. But as that summer grew on, I knew I wanted to be here, I knew I wanted to change things on my own with my attitude and my play."
--But it seems like Pierce has embraced the leadership role and enjoys the challenge of bringing the Celtics to the championship level. Rivers is especially pleased that Pierce didn't just look for the easy way out.
"I'm so tired of all of these guys around the league saying, 'I wanna win, I want to go to a championship team.' If you're that good, stay in your place and make it a championship team," said Rivers. "I think Paul is saying that he's willing to take that chance. Paul has held up his end of the bargain, now we have to try to hold up ours."