Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Paul Pierce, Ray Allen Comment on Stephon Marbury Signing

The Celtics believe Marbury can apply the positive energy needed to be a major contributor this season. Marbury, 32, averaged 13.9 points and 4.7 assists in 24 games for the Knicks last season, but he hasn’t played in a regular-season game since Jan. 11, 2008.

"The talent of Marbury is undeniable," Paul Pierce said. "He’s been one of the best point guards. And we feel when you get him around the veteran group we have around here that things will become different. I have been able to become a different player with the veterans we acquired and I feel the same about him."

Said Ray Allen: "Stephon has been an extraordinary talent during his career. He definitely can help us. It will be interesting when he gets here. I know what it was like with me making the adjustment here, Kevin [Garnett] making the adjustment, even Paul making the adjustment. Stephon has been a franchise player and if he can make the adjustment to the situation, he can definitely help us."