Monday , Mar , 02 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Paul Pierce: If Doc Rivers Goes, I’m Retiring

At halftime of today’s Celtics-Pistons game, ABC will air an interview in which Magic Johnson talks to Pierce, who idolized Johnson as a kid. Pierce’s most notable comment in the interview is that he would retire if Doc Rivers weren’t his coach.
"Coach Rivers, I don’t want to play for anybody else," Pierce says in the piece. "If he goes, then I think I’m ready to retire. I mean, he’s a player’s coach. He understands the guys, he understands situations, and he’s been through struggles."

Pierce also says the Lakers are tougher now than they were in last year’s Finals.

"You look at them, how intense they are, and what’s happening is people got toughness misunderstood," Pierce said. "It’s not you pushing people, you pulling people to the ground. It’s a mental part of the game where you get through the grind, grabbing rebounds, you’re defending at a high level.