Hi, I was asked to write a piece here and I wasn't really sure where to start so I thought I would begin by talking about me. For those of you who don't know me I am CF00. I have been posting at celtics green since the not quite very beginning. I knew DerrenMatts and Loy from the espn boards and followed them over here because I respected them as people and posters. I was asked to write something here and wasn't really sure at first because I'm terrible when asked to do things under constraints and I also say things sometimes that people don't like to hear. But FL is a very ncie lady and works hard on this site and I wanted to help out.
Anyways what to write about. I figured I'd start with my favorite Celtic, Paul Pierce. We have had this ongoing thing going on on the forums about the future of this team. I am very much future oriented but I'm also very much caught enjoying the present as well, and I get kind of tired of talking about things that may or may not happen. I think sometimes people force change when it's not necessary instead of seeing what is right in front of them. Pierce just turned 31 years old. Some people say we need to start looking at replacing a guy like Pierce and the big 3, but I don't think that is necessarily the case as of yet. I have not seen a decline in Pierce as of now. I personally think Pierce is still in his prime and is actually doing what Danny Ainge stated when he got help for Paul, and that's extending his career. I'm not saying Pierce is coasting but some people might think Pierce has lost a step because he just doesn't blow by guys like he used to or isn't being as aggressive as he used to be, but isn't that what we wanted? Is Pierce getting older or just more mature? I understand the human body doesn't get better with age like fine wine, but human beings are amazing pieces of work and I tend to think you also learn to adjust. People do become like fine wine in that regard and I think this is what we are seeing from Pierce at this point in his career. We are actually seeing something very special from Pierce. It all depends on how you look at it. The rest of the team is taking some of the pressure off and Pierce is picking his spots. The thing is I wouldn't say he's coasting, but he kind of is ina way. But is that really a bad thing? Isn't the zone a coasting sensation? It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Pierce explode come playoff time as he hones his skills. It's like Garnett says. Superman is just kind of coasting along surveying the situation and then shows up and saves the day. That's why I say we should hold off the next era just a bit until we actually see a decline. I have not seen it yet. Pierce is as good as ever, right now, and he keeps getting better. As long as Pierce after every game is saying we are trying to get better, we aren't there yet. That's a good thing. When he actually says we are there, then I'll be a little bit concerned, because what then? Is that the sign of the apocalypse? I was listening to post game interview and a reporter asked if they were happy with shooting 70% in the 1st quarter and pierce stopped the reporter mid sentence and tapped his finger making a point and said we want 100%. I loved that, because people question Pierce as a leader and that was such a great thing to say. Fans always want better and more and so does Pierce. Garnett laughed and was like "do you get us now?" They are still getting better and can improve. That's a wonderful thing at their age. It's like fine wine.