BOSTON - If anyone will be looking to prove a point in Friday night's tilt between the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, it'[s swingman Mickael Pietrus. Pietrus, who was traded to Phoenix in the middle of last season, was traded away to the Raptors, but the deal fell through. Ultimately, the Suns wound up waiving Pietrus before he signed with Boston.
Pietrus injured his knee in March, which required offseason knee surgery. Even with the unrest in Phoenix, Pietrus had just one focus in the summer, and that was getting his knee in good shape.
"I was just trying to get my knee back, Pietrus said. "My knee got back and I'm really happy right now. I'm just trying to win championship and try to help my team get more wins...I'm very happy to be a Celtic."
Pietrus averaged 7.4 points and 2.0 boards in 38 games in Phoenix, but it wasn't meant to be.
"I have no idea why [it didn't work out]," Pietrus said. "I enjoyed myself playing with Steve Nash. That was always a dream for me, to be around Steve Nash. That's the only one memory that I have."
Pietrus did take issue with the fact that the Suns didn't inform him of his condition sooner.
"I was just trying to get my knee right," said Pietrus. "All I know is the doctor told me my knee was fine. At the end of the day when I got [in Boston] like a week after training camp, he told me [he] knew about [my] knee...I don't even know why he has his license. He's going to tell me that 'I know your knee was messed up and I didn't tell you anything'? That didn't make any sense to me."
Listen to the complete pregame interview of Mickael Pietrus below.