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Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce “has to” retire as a Celtic

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Head coach Doc Rivers talks with Paul Pierce #34 of the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the New York Knicks on April 26, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce go way back. Rivers was Pierce’s coach for years in Boston, including the Celtics’ 2008 championship. And he’s his coach again in Los Angeles, where Pierce appears set to return for one more season with the Clippers. Once Pierce does retire, though, Rivers is adamant that the 2008 Finals MVP needs to sign a one-day contract with the Celtics so he can retire with that organization. Via’s Chris Forsberg:

Doc Rivers on why he’ll encourage Paul Pierce to sign a one-day contract with the Celtics before whenever he does retire: “I think it’s important. I think we have to do that. And I think we will. Danny [Ainge] and Mike [Zarren], we’ve already talked. The day he retires, he’s going to retire a Celtic. He has to. Paul’s a Celtic. So when he retires he’s got to retire as a Celtic. I don’t think anyone disagrees with me.”

Rivers is right. Pierce has played for the Nets, Wizards and Clippers in the later part of his career, but his defining years were with the Celtics and he is undoubtedly going to have his jersey retired in Boston one day. It would only be right that when he decides to hang it up, he does so with the team that drafted him and that he won his only NBA championship with.