“I definitely didn’t see all that coming,” Pierce told reporters following a morning shootaround at the Garden before a preseason game with the Knicks on Wednesday, per the NY Daily News. “I think it all started probably with Jason leaving, it’s kind of like a domino from there. I was a little disappointed, because I thought I was going to come back there and Jason was one of the main reasons I came to Brooklyn, him and Kevin [Garnett].”
Pierce, 37, said he didn’t see any of this coming.
“It just happened so fast,” Pierce said. “I had a chance to talk to [Kidd] and he has his reasons, the way things went down. But like I said, the business ‘ you’ve got to understand the business aspect of it. He moved on. The Nets moved on and people went their different directions. You see that a lot in this business.”
“I understand it’s a business,” he added. “I was a little surprised, but you’ve got to be ready for the business side of it and understand that part. So it didn’t shock me. No hard feelings, I understand their situation, they understand mine, and both parties moved on.”
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice will be appealing his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and according to an Associated Press report, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to testify.
The Commissioner was unsure he would actually testify, saying he would leave the decision to Judge Jones.
“We will continue to respect Judge Jones’ confidentiality order regarding this proceeding,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the AP.
NFL lawyers have argued Goodell shouldn’t have to testify and instead there should be testimony from Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy — both of whom were present when Rice met with Goodell to hear his side of the story from Rice’s incident when he hit his then-fiancee in an elevator.
Goodell originally suspended the running back for two games, but then after the video was released publicly the suspension was then made indefinite. Goodell has said Rice’s description was “ambiguous,” while Rice’s side has said he gave exact details.
The AP also says the hearing will be held Nov. 5 and 6.
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– According to the Boston Herald, Massachusetts State Police are stepping up their patrols in “key locations” after a 24-year-old Canadian soldier was gunned down in Ottawa, Ontario on Wednesday. The gunman — 32-year-old, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — an ex-convict, was dressed in all black when he shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at point blank range at the National War Memorial.
“They were locked down for all of the day, right?” Dennis asked. “They went office-to-office-to-office.”
The shooting postponed the Maple Leafs-Senators game, which was scheduled for last night.
“[The Maple Leafs and Senators], they were looking out their windows watching all this go down,” Callahan said. “They weren’t allowed to leave and they didn’t get to play. They were like giving play-by-play on Twitter.”
– To remember the life of James Carver — a native of Springfield, Missouri — his cremated remains will be launched skyward as part of his family’s goodbye in a fireworks display. Greenlawn Funeral Homes director Jim Carver said his dad loved watching fireworks and would appreciate the unusual send off. The family will have a cookout and a memorial celebration following the fireworks.
“So Uncle James’ ashes are going to be on people?” Dennis asked.
Replied Callahan: “Ashes are going to fall down on the burgers as they cook them on the grill.”
– Raphael Ravenscroft, who had a solo on the saxophone in Gerry Rafferty’s hit “Baker Street,” died Sunday at the age of 60. He reportedly only received a flat fee of $43 for the song.
“Not a great song I would say,” remarked Callahan.
He added: “It reminds me of when I was in school and the FM-converter in my car was one station and it came on and I couldn’t change it.”
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: UConn at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Miami at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Everton at Lille, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Tripoli at Tottenham, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Wednesday night’s game between the Senators and Maple Leafs in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata was postponed following the shooting, which left a soldier and the suspect dead.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by today’s tragic events on Parliament Hill and in downtown Ottawa,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with all members of Parliament and staff who have had to manage through today’s difficult circumstances.
“Hockey is certainly secondary to these types of tragic events and we know our fans stand alongside us with the league’s decision to postpone tonight’s game.”
The Maple Leafs were staying at a hotel near where the violence took place. According to reports, a man walked up to a soldier standing guard at a war memorial and shot him dead, then walked inside Parliament, where more shots were fired before he was killed.
Tweeted Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul at the time: Surreal scene outside of our hotel right now. Lot of very brave police officers we should all be very proud of.
Said the Maple Leafs in a statement: “We have been witness today to some terrible events but are thankful to those brave men and women for their tireless service in protecting everyone’s safety.”
The Senators, who were supposed to play the Bruins on the day of the Boston Marathon attacks in April 2013 (that game was postponed), next play at home Saturday against the Devils.
Tweeted Senators defenseman Chris Phillips: Heartfelt thanks to all first responders for putting their safety on the line for ours. OttawaStrong.
Before Wednesday’s Penguins-Flyers game in Pittsburgh, fans sang the Canadian national anthem out of respect.
– Jets coach Rex Ryan is enduring a miserable season at 1-6, but he definitely hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
Ryan walked in on the New York media’s conference call with Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins on Tuesday, en route to his daily press conference, and he decided to pose as a reporter and ask Watkins a question in advance of the teams’ game Sunday.
Watkins, a rookie from Clemson, played alongside Ryan’s son, Seth, last season. So Ryan asked Watkins: “How did you help Seth Ryan out? How’d he do out there? And if you could really help him, you wouldn’t play this game.”
Ryan then added: “This sounds like Rex Ryan — I know it does — but this is a reporter.”
Watkins did not appear to catch on to the joke, even after Ryan said: “How you doing, Sammy? You all right?”
Stow has showed dramatic progress after nearly dying from injuries sustained in the attack. He used a walker but did not require support.
“I want to run,” he said. “I want to walk, like a normal person.”
While the 45-year-old former paramedic still requires around-the-clock care, his family is pleasantly surprised with how far he’s come.
Said Stow’s father, Dave: “We didn’t think he would be this mobile or vocal. He can sit and have dinners with is. He’s very funny.”
Two Dodgers fans, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, pleaded guilty to attacking Stow. Sanchez is serving an eight-year prison sentence while Norwood got four years.
Stow said he remembers going to the game but not what happened in the parking lot. His parents said they told him about it after he requested to know.
“Well, had I known, I would have turned to see the guy running at me and ready to clock my block, you know,” Stow said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 23, 2004, the Red Sox opened the World Series with a 9-7 victory over the Cardinals after squandering a 7-2 lead. Who hit the game-winning two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning?
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos):Giants reliever Hunter Strickland yells at Royals catcher Salvador Perez after allowing a home run, later admitting, “My emotions got to me. … Obviously I want to handle it a little bit better.”
New Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl takes over a marketing class for a an impromptu pep rally.
A 90-year-old woman known as Grandma Nelly challenges Dwyane Wade to a game of 1-on-1, and the Heat star agrees.
Little League star Mo’ne Davis stars in a Chevy commercial directed by Spike Lee. The NCAA said she can be paid and still be eligible because she’s not yet in high school.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Mark Bellhorn
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Weird Al Yankovic was born on this day in 1959.