How sweet it is to be loved by you.
Last night, Paul Pierce faced off against his former (and future) team for what may well be the last time in his career. The 38-year-old has never formerly came out admitting to retirement, but it is widely believed that this will be his last season in the NBA.
In an interview with The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, Pierce reflected on his time in Boston, his future in Boston, and the prospect of luring a top free agent to the city. Check out the full interview below, courtesy of NESN.com:
“I always embraced the history. Ever since I had my conversation with Red and he helped me understand Celtic pride was all about. It’s like a family. Guys like Bob Cousy, Havlicek… These are legends who created what the Celtics are all about, who created the banners, who created the retired jerseys.
Boston is always going to be a second home for me. And I’m always going to see myself coming back. Me and Kevin talk about when we go back, check out a game. It’s always going to be love. I’m always going to have a special place in their heart and they’re always going to have a special place in mine."
The most interesting part of the interview came when Pierce started talking about signing a top free agent in Boston:
"It’s gonna happen. It’s gonna happen. Even though it hasn’t. It’s like a lot of things you thought wasn’t going to happen, like it wasn’t going to be a black president. It’s gonna happen. And Kevin Durant could be the first one, who knows?"
So awesome. Pierce hasn't been with the Celtics in years, but that won't stop him from pushing a top-tier free agent to sign with his old team in hopes of raising another banner. It was a rocky start for The Truth, but once he finally embraced Celtic Pride and bought into the philosophy, he became everything that fans love in this city.
Well done, PP.