It was both heart-warming and angry, Boston's reaction to the official end of the Big Three Era. An NBA championship and a visit to the Finals, some stirring moments by the "The Truth" and "The Ticket," ... all done
The big moment, however, was ugly, with Bill Simmons, avowed Celtic homer and ESPN commentator, accusing Doc Rivers of bringing about the demise of the franchise by being duplicitous on his plans, then bolting for LA-LA Land. In response, Rivers said "I would like to call him an idiot, but I'm too classy for that."
But for the most part, there were accolades and analysis, with the general belief being the Celtics had to do what they did, but others suggesting they didn't get enough and Gerald Wallace's remaining $30 million was a tough nut to swallow, as one writer put.
Here's a sampling from Beantown's best, including the Celtics Blog, who seems to have struck just the right tone.
- Thank You - Kevin O'Connor - Celtics Blog
- Can You Put A Price On Paul Pierce's Legacy In Boston? - Evans Clinchy - Celtics Blog
- Breaking down the proposed blockbuster trade (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Brooklyn) - Jeff Clark - Celtics Blog
- Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett get traded as the Celtics finally blow it up - Paul Flannery - SB Nation
- Doc Rivers on Celtics/Nets Blockbuster - Cinesport Boston
- Bidding farewell to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett - Adam Kaufman - Boston Globe
- Kevin Garnett waives no-trade clause, headed to Nets with Paul Pierce - Gary Washburn - Boston Globe
- Danny Ainge won’t let these Celts grow old - Steve Bulpett - Boston Herald
- Notebook: Ex-coach Doc Rivers sees trade as win-win deal - Mark Murphy - Boston Herald
- Celtics agree to send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to Nets - Mark Murphy - Boston Herald
- End of new Big Three era cuts deep - Chris Forsberg - ESPN Boston