"When you're in the practice facility you see the numbers every day".
Pierce will be the 22nd Celtics player to have his jersey hanging in the rafters of TD Garden. Guess we'll have to wait a bit longer, and quite possibly forever, for those guys to fully patch things up.
Among those who celebrated Pierce's career as a Celtic was Doc Rivers, who was the coach of the Boston team that won the 2008 National Basketball Association championship. Still, Garnett was instrumental in the Celtics' 2008 championship run. Starting with the 2018 Hall of Fame class, players can how be enshrined three full seasons after they retired, so Pierce will be eligible in 2021. " ... We hung out all the time and then, when it was time for free agency - and to each his own - I thought we formed a brotherhood here in Boston ..." Last but not least, where would I be without at the fans? "The situation with Ray is very sensitive". "It just helps me realize the impact I was able to have and the respect that I think I was given throughout the course of my career".
In September, Pierce posed for a photo with Allen and said he wanted to "bury the hatchet", but the latter's absence from Sunday's festivities was all the more glaring because former Celtics teammates of Pierce weren't the only ones who paid tribute to him - Lakers archrival Kobe Bryant did, as well, along with Magic Johnson.
"I tried as hard as I could".
James was also in attendance Sunday, but that was because his Cavaliers squad was actually playing the Celtics.
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Pierce was celebrated throughout Boston's blowout loss to the Cavaliers. The game became more about the new-look Cavs than a celebration of Paul Pierce.
Paul Pierce's No. 34 is officially in the rafters.
When it was all said and done, PIerce's jersey became just the seventh to be retired by the Celtics.
The 6-foot-7 forward nicknamed "The Truth" by an National Basketball Association legend, Shaquille O'Neal, Pierce is Boston's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (1,823), free throws made (6,434) and steals (1,583). The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce's signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what "being a Celtic" means.
He spent two years in Brooklyn, one in Washington and one with the Clippers to close out his 19-year career, but during the summer he signed a one-day contract with Boston to retire a Celtic.