Paul Pierce, also known as “The Truth”, an NBA champion, ten-time all star and an NBA finals MVP, finally retired after 19 years in the NBA. Playing 15 seasons for Boston throughout his career, there were speculations if whether Pierce and the Celtics would come to an agreement to retire his jersey. Even with his selfish deeds of moving to different teams, he is still considered as a Celtic great.
Because Pierce did end the season as a Los Angeles Clipper the following year, he had to sign a one-day contract with the Celtics to have the number 34 lifted into the rafters, in between other Celtics such as Larry Bird and Bob Cousy. This ultimate agreement leads to Pierce’s inauguration to the Celtics Hall of Fame on February 11th, a midseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Some critics would say that Pierce should have stuck with Boston throughout his whole career. Trying to construct a team in 2014, Pierce made the move to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, attempting a shot at another championship. Growing some animosity between himself and Boston, the signing to the Nets would be Pierce’s last contract in his career that would provide him with a veteran maximum of 15 million dollars.
Others say that Pierce was spectacular during his time in Boston. Despite losses to the Lakers in the 2010 NBA finals, “The Truth” and his teammates had already led the Celtics to a championship two years before. Other achievements would include 10 playoff appearances, and crowning the Celtics Eastern Conference Champions twice. However, obliterated by the overpowered Miami Heat, the team resulted in a failure, losing in the first round.
With the accumulation of many accolades throughout his career with the Celtics, “The Truth” truly deserves his retirement with the organization that had first drafted him. Despite the move from team to team in his last years of the NBA, he should still be regarded as one of the great Boston legends.