The greatest Celtic of our generation has officially announced that he will retire as a Celtic at the end of the season as he turned 39-years-old yesterday afternoon. Paul Pierce, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers under Doc Rivers, has announced that at the end of the season he will sign a one-day contract with the Celtics in order to retire the right way.
Personally, I think its a shame Paul Pierce could not have stayed a Celtic for his entire career, but his last few years with the Nets and Clippers will be hardly remembered by anyone. Despite this, I couldn't be happier that Paul Pierce will be retiring as a Celtic. At the same time, its also sad that one of my childhood heroes will no longer be playing after this season and is 39(!)-years-old. I remember when the Big Three first formed and Pierce was 31 and people were starting to say he was getting old.
Boy, were they wrong!
Its tough to pick my favorite moment Paul Pierce had as a Celtic, but if I had to choose theres no question it would be Game Seven of the 2nd Round of the 2008 NBA playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul Pierce put up 41 points in what turned out to be a close game and LeBron James finished with 45. I remember at 12-years-old watching that game with my whole family and being absolutely blown away; I knew right then and there that they were gunna win the whole thing.
As sad it is to think that was eight years ago, its great to reminiscence on what was without a doubt a fantastic career from a fantastic individual. Here at BBS, we wish "The Captain and The Truth" the best of luck in his last season with the Clippers and a great and fulfilling retirement.
Check out Pierce's highlights from that Game Seven below:
By Spencer Roush