Just last week we were wondering whether Paul would be willing to run with our lightning quick point guards.
One scout that was quoted on preview had this to say:
I think everyone wants to run more with Phoenix and Dallas showing that you can win that way, but I'm not sure Paul Pierce is a get-up-and-down-the-court kind of guy.
I don't believe that scout had read the reports out of training camp. We got the reports from day 1 of training camp of Pierce's run in the sprints and that he did the last few yards backwards. This bodes well for the Captain's willingness and ability to run the floor. I believe the answer is yes, Pierce will be willing and able to run in a fast break offense. He will find out very quickly that if he runs with our new PG's he will be rewarded with an easy shot.
Pierce came into camp in excellent shape and is obviously willing and ready to run. He was even getting on guys after the run to stand up. Along with a bit of taunting, I think his run was showing his teammates that he is indeed willing to run this season. And, if Pierce is willing to run, then the rest of the team will fall in behind him and run as well.
This is a very good sign. I am beginning to believe that we are really going to be a running team this season. Every one coming into camp is in great shape. Every player (other than Telfair, Gomes and West, who were ailing) passed the running test the first time. I can see this team running the other teams into the ground and coming back for more.
Pierce came in and made a statement on his first day.
“He’s in good shape, man,” teammate Wally Szczerbiak said of Pierce’s showboating. “He came in ready to go.”
If Pierce is willing to run and to set the pace for his teammates, the rest of the team will follow and put in the extra effort to keep up. I was skeptical before training camp that Pierce would be willing or able to run up and down in a fast break offense, but after reports from "the run," I am very optimistic that he will.
The same for me. Early indications seem to say that Pierce is willing to run a lot more this season than at any other time in his career. Lets hope its not just in training camp, but especially in training camp.