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By Gethin Coolbaugh
Charged with the crime of being hypocrites by Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, former Boston Celtics and current Brooklyn Nets forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett responded to James' and Wade's claim that their departure from Boston was a little hypocritical.
"I left Boston?" remarked Pierce after a preseason game against Miami on Thursday night in Brooklyn when he was asked about the criticisms. Pierce, who did not have a no-trade clause, was traded to Brooklyn along with Garnett and sixth man Jason Terry in the blockbuster deal of the summer.
"Tell LeBron to worry about Miami. It has nothing to do with Celtic business," Garnett quipped.
James and Wade made remarks prior to Thursday's meeting that the pair of future Hall of Fame forwards escaped the harsh criticism dealt to their teammate Ray Allen, who won a championship with Pierce and Garnett with Boston back in 2008 and left the team to sign in Miami via free agency.
"I think the first thing I thought was, 'Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,'" said James (via ESPN). "I think it's OK; I didn't mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they're leaving.
"We all know the world, how it works," said Wade (via ESPN). "The biggest thing is Ray is happy. If they're happy in Brooklyn, then let them be happy. ... People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing. It's about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day, we all do that. You can't really say anything about someone that does it for themselves."
Allen signed with the Heat as a free agent on July 11, 2012 and went on to play a major role in the Heat's second consecutive NBA championship last June. Pierce, Garnett, Terry and D.J. White were dealt to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft (the deal was finally made official on July 12, 2013). In return, the Celtics landed Gerald Wallace, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans and Kris Joseph (who was released) along with three first round draft picks in
Gethin Coolbaugh is the Editor-In-Chief of Boston Sports Today. Twitter: @GethinCoolbaugh.