Paul Pierce rises 2008 Larry O'Brien prize as Celtics retire No. 34

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BOSTON — Less than a decade after tears filled his eyes as he lifted Boston’s 2008 pretension banner, Paul Pierce was all smiles as his No. 34 went a TD Garden rafters on Sunday afternoon as partial of a jersey retirement jubilee following Boston’s 121-99 detriment to a Cleveland Cavaliers during TD Garden.

Pierce is a 22nd array late in Celtics history. He assimilated an eight-square ensign that already featured a numbers of Dennis Johnson (3), Larry Bird (33), Kevin McHale (32), Reggie Lewis (35), Robert Parish (00), and Cedric Maxwell (31).

After lifting his jersey, Pierce grabbed a Larry O’Brien prize from a 2008 Finals and lifted it during core court. Fans responded with a postulated “Thank You Paul Pierce” chant.

Flanked by his mother, his wife, and his 3 children, Pierce watched an on-court rite that featured members of Boston’s tenure and front office, late Celtics legends, and former coaches and teammates. Wearing a immature blazer, Pierce beamed as Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck, former manager Doc Rivers, and boss of basketball operations Danny Ainge minute Pierce’s accomplishments and what he meant to a franchise, generally in securing a team’s 17th pretension in 2008.

As partial of a retirement celebration, a Celtics dubbed a hovel their players travel out before games a “Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel” and it facilities Pierce’s signature and No. 34 jersey number. The group pronounced it hopes a nomination will, “will offer as a sign to all stream and destiny players of what being a Celtic truly means.”

After Grousbeck minute how examination Pierce during some of Boston’s leanest years helped enthuse him to buy a team, Rivers gushed about Pierce’s gallantry on a court.

“Someone asked me recently what is a one word we could come adult with,” to report Pierce, pronounced Rivers. The Garden throng fast roared “Truth,” to that Rivers added, “You would say, ‘Truth.’ we would say, ‘Clutch.’”

Before Pierce’s speech, Celtics fable Tommy Heinsohn narrated a reverence video that sealed with him noting, “Inglewood done him, Kansas made him, though he was always a Celtic. And he’ll always be Boston. He belongs to us. We go to him. As family, that’s forever. That is The Truth.”

During a cooking jubilee of Pierce’s career on Saturday night in Boston, Pierce minute how Boston’s retired numbers and pretension banners encouraged him via his 15 seasons with a Celtics. Rivers believes there is no other group whose late numbers ring more.

“Before we got here we didn’t comprehend it. You always hear about a Celtics lore, though we didn’t get it if we weren’t in it. Then when we get in it and see guys like Bill Russell come around, and John Havlicek … It’s not about them. It unequivocally isn’t. It’s all about being a Celtic. There’s no organization, maybe in sports, that has that form of loyalty, and it started with Red [Auerbach].”

Sitting on a same baseline were members of Boston’s 2008 pretension group including Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and Rivers. During stoppages in diversion action, a Celtics ran a array of videos celebrating Pierce’s basketball tour from Inglewood High to a University of Kansas to a Celtics.

The Celtics presented Pierce with a array of gifts during a postgame rite including a stained potion backboard with his No. 34, a square of a Garden parquet floor, a reproduction of a ensign his array now adorns, and a tradition watch.

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