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Brooklyn could revive Paul Pierce's career, says Doc Rivers

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

For anyone who attended or watched the Nets press conference in Brooklyn last week, Paul Pierce's wistfulness was palpable. It was his first chance to talk about the trade that ended his tenure in Boston, where he wanted --and thought he deserve-- to retire. Doc Rivers, who coached him for nine years, understood Pierce's disappointment but says a positive reception in Brooklyn could revitalize the future Hall of Famer.

"I think in some ways, it may give him more life," Rivers told Rod Boone Friday. "But I just think it’s tough for him personally. Like he said in the press conference, he wanted to stay and wasn’t allowed to and that’s tough for him."

Boone spoke with Rivers at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, where the Clippers new coach received the Sports Pioneer award. Rivers also thought the Nets' motivation will make things work.

"I think it will come together," Rivers said. "Listen, anything comes together when a lot of people want it to come together, and they have a lot of guys that want it to come together. Paul, Jason and Kevin want to win another title and everyone else wants to win their first. So, if they all want to do that, then it all will work out."