Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Paul Pierce to retire with Celtics after signing contract

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Kristopher Love | 18 July, 2017, 03:23

Paul Pierce is ending his Hall of Fame-worthy career where it all started - at the Boston Celtics. They also showed Pierce suiting up in green practice gear and getting up shots at the team's practice facility.

It's a grand gesture for one of the franchise's all-time great players.

He holds multiple franchise records, including most 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).

Pierce announced last summer that the 2016-17 season would be the last in his National Basketball Association career, and that led to plenty of heartfelt moments throughout his final year in the league.

His name will forever be a constant throughout the Celtics' all-time leaderboards.

Furthermore, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck officially announced what was expected - Pierce's #34 will be retired and hung in the rafters at the TD Garden. "He is among the very best Celtics - a champion on and off the court".

Pierce helped bring back winning to a Celtics organization that had at the time struggled for many seasons after the retirement of Hall of Famer, Larry Bird, in 1992. However, the apex of his career came when he joined forces with fellow superstars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to create a super team in Boston.

"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic", Pierce said.

The 2008 NBA Finals MVP was showered with cheers whenever he returned to the Garden, including in what turned out to be his final game there in February. As he's now retiring following his signing, Pierce pointed out that, "I'm a Celtic for life".