Paul Pierce is ending his Hall of Fame-worthy career where it all started - at the Boston Celtics. Pierce was with the Celtics for the first 10 years of his career in Boston, and helped lead the Celtics to their first title since the '80s alongside Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo in 2008.
Current Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas backed off Pierce in the closing seconds, with the game out of reach, to let Pierce knock down one more basket on the parquet floor that he made his personal playground so many times.
Pierce returned to Boston on Monday to sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team that drafted him 19 years ago.More news: Protests underway in Poland over controversial Court Law
Co-owner of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, spoke out on the matter regarding Pierce's retirement deal.
"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic", Pierce said. He was a part of the 2008 NBA championship team and was also recognized as the NBA Finals MVP that year.
The Celtics have long planned to sign Pierce so that he could retire with the team and former coach Doc Rivers revealed those plans last summer as Pierce pondered his National Basketball Association future. As he's now retiring following his signing, Pierce pointed out that, "I'm a Celtic for life". "We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised from the rafters of TD Garden".
It's a shame fans won't actually get a chance to see Pierce finish his career on the court in a Celtics uniform, but they can at least be thankful for countless memories.