Paul Pierce plans to retire as a Celtic

Paul Pierce plans to retire as a Celtic

WALTHAM, Mass. -- When Paul Pierce’s farewell tour concludes at the end of this season, he will have one final act left: finish his career as a Boston Celtic.
Pierce, in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson, said he would “love” to conclude his year as a Celtic.
There’s little doubt that sometime between the end of this season and the start of the 2017-18 training camp, Pierce will don his jersey number 34 one more time.
“I would love to do that,” Pierce said. “I think, you know, I’ll always be remembered as a Celtic. I had all my glory days, all my prime was pretty much as a Boston Celtic so I think I owe the fans and I owe myself that much just to be able to put that uniform on one more time and go out that way (and) say I retired a Boston Celtic.”
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens did not have an opportunity to coach Pierce, as his 2013 hiring came just weeks after the Celtics traded Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to Brooklyn.
But Stevens has coached against him and has a tremendous amount of respect for what Pierce has done for the NBA and the Celtics specifically.
“Couldn’t be more appreciative of what he’s done for this organization,” Stevens said. “He’s a special Celtic. His number will be in the rafters.”
The 6-foot-8 forward, chosen by Boston with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, spent the first 15 of his 18 NBA seasons with the Celtics and ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in several categories such as scoring (17,630, second), games played (1,102, third), minutes played (40,360, third), field goals made (7,882, third) while leading the franchise in free throws attempted (7,939), free throws made (6,434) and steals (1,583).

NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.


During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.

While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.

“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”

But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”