Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe spoke to both Paul Pierce and Jason Terry in recent days, Terry about the short-term, Pierce the long-term. Both were optimistic, with Pierce admitting he will reassess his career after he becomes a free agent next July.
Terry expressed optimism about his future and the Nets, in large part because of who will be coaching him and the team.
"I’m definitely going be flying higher than I was in Boston. This will be my first year healthy in the last couple of years," he told Washburn. "I’m looking forward to getting back to that Sixth Man of the Year form that I had two years ago. And the only one that can do that for me is coach Jason Kidd because he understands what needs to be done for me to assume that role. Whether I was going to be in Boston or right here, I had to get healthy."
Terry also dismissed doubts about Kidd as a coach by telling a story about the Mavericks' championship run.
"We were in about a two-hour film session in the playoffs in Portland and we couldn’t figure out one coverage in the zone," Terry recalls. "J-Kidd was finally like, ‘We’re going to figure it out. Let me handle it. Coach [Rick] Carlisle, trust me, we’re going to get it done.’ That game we used a zone and ended up winning and that was an example right there that he was a coach and ready for the moment."
Pierce said he wasn't sure about his future beyond this season, when he will be a free agent. He suggested he could even retire but noted that as of now, he's "feeling good."
"Who knows what’s going to happen after this year?" said Pierce. "I don’t know what the future is going to bring. I don’t know if I’m going to be back with the Nets. I don’t know if I’m going to retire, you never know what’s going to happen. I feel like I have more in the tank but you never know with injuries, how your body feels. Sometimes those things tell you a lot quicker. Right now, I’ve been feeling good. My legs, my body feels strong."
The Nets hold Pierce's Bird Rights and can offer him whatever they want outside the salary cap.
- Pierce stages last camp in Boston - Gary Washburn - Boston Globe
Jason Terry knew Jason Kidd had potential as a coach - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York