Some Great Reading on Pierce and Bass

In the past 24 hours, several really great pieces on the Celtics have been published, including the Rondo article below, as well as a feature on Pierce's loyalty on and one on Celtics newcomer Brandon Bass and his relationship with Big Baby on

Since both pieces are fairly long, an excerpt and link to the full text is below.

Loyal to a 'C': Why Pierce won't give up on Boston
Paul Pierce wanted to win.

Inglewood High School wasn’t a contender at the time, but Crenshaw High, just ten minutes away, was a repeat state champion.

He was torn as he entered his sophomore year. Stay with the program and people he knew or take a chance and join a new team? Pierce chose option B.

“I actually left for about a week, but then my brother was like, ‘Why would you do that?’” he recalled to “‘Why would you go somewhere else where you don’t really know if the grass is really greener on the other side? The team isn’t good right now, why don’t you just stick with Inglewood and make them better? You started there, you grew up there, why don’t you see what happens?’”
Read the full article on

Brandon Bass article after the jump...
Brandon Bass glad to be with Celtics
Friends since their early teens, Brandon Bass remembers calling Glen Davis early in the 2007-08 season to marvel at his situation.
"When he first got here, I was in Dallas and I told him, 'Bro, you're the luckiest man on earth,'" Bass recalled on Monday. "I felt like, being a second-round pick, being an undersized [power forward], getting the opportunity to play with [Kevin Garnett], Ray Allen and Paul Pierce -- I just knew he was in a great position and that year he won a championship."
Late last week, Bass phoned Davis again, this time moments after discovering the two were about to be swapped in a sign-and-trade deal between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic.
Read the full article on ESPN Boston