Around the Atlantic: New Nets introduced

Around the Atlantic: New Nets introduced
July 18, 2013, 9:00 pm
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NEW YORK  -- Paul Pierce stared straight ahead, an occasional smile or laugh interrupting the otherwise distant look on his face.

Now a Net, it's clear he's still getting over not being a Celtic.

"It's tough when you've been in a situation like me for 15 years," Pierce said.

But he's getting used to it, and he and Kevin Garnett are ready to make the most of their new surroundings.

Traded from Boston to Brooklyn, the duo was introduced along with Jason Terry on Thursday at a news conference at Barclays Center, their new home.

Pierce said it was difficult to leave the city where he'd spent his entire career. He appeared dazed at times while listening to questions and answers, even having to ask for one to be repeated while trying to fight his way out of a fog.

"You saw the trade and it's like, `OK, there's a trade.' But for me to actually be here now, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city, it's really starting to sink in now that it's become real," Pierce said.

"I'm no longer a Boston Celtic, I'm a Brooklyn Net and that's what it is right now," he continued. "It's a business. At some point we all have to move on and I'm here to try to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn" (see full story).

Knicks: Stoudemire invited to play for Israel
JERUSALEM -- The president of Israel has invited New York Knicks star Amare Stoudemire to play for the country's national basketball team because of his ties to Judaism.

Shimon Peres met with Stoudemire on Thursday to discuss the player's charity efforts. Stoudemire, who says he has "Hebrew roots," has traveled to Israel before and Peres urged him to help the national team.

The six-time NBA All-Star already has significant ties to Israeli basketball. Last month, he joined a group looking to buy Hapoel Jerusalem, a team in Israel's top league. Stoudemire is in Israel to coach the Canadian basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, a competition for Jewish athletes.

Stoudemire won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2004 Olympics but has not played for the national team since 2007.

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