Paul Pierce Gets No. 34 Retired By Celtics

Robert Parish calls Paul Pierce the greatest offensive player in Boston Celtics history

A "Thank You Paul Pierce" chant followed as the TD Garden crowd did not want the moment to end.

"The Truth" doesn't have to dream about that day anymore.

The game will be a mere afterthought, and instead, Celtics fans will remember the day as the culmination of Paul Pierce's storied career in Boston. He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.

"This is just a special day", Pierce said afterward. That's enough for me. "You got to see it before it happens to accomplish anything great".

A reunion of sorts of the 2007-08 Celtics was held a year ago, when Pierce, Garnett, Rondo and center Kendrick Perkins appeared together on a "Room 21" segment on "The NBA on TNT". Pierce's 24,021 points also put him in second behind Havlicek (26,395).

Pierce credited his mother, Lorraine Hosey, and brothers Jamal and Steve Hosey, for inspiring him.

"Paul and I talk a lot, stay in contact a lot and so do all of us", Rivers said before the game.

Canada medals but Nicholson comes up short
Canadian snowboarders Max Parrot and Mark McMorris won Canada's first medals of the Pyeongchang Olympics . This was the best run I could put down at the right moment and now it's the judges' decision.

Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed
We are in a war. "One of the two Atak helicopters of ours operating on Afrin region unfortunately collapsed. However, the term is usually used for the terrorists who have been killed in the operations.

Back-to-Back Scandals Push Hope Hicks Into Media Spotlight — WashPost
Kelly also defended Porter, who left the White House on February 8 after the ex-wives' accusations were first reported on February 6.

He later cried when acknowledging his wife, Julie, and their three children. A handful of Pierce's former teammates were in attendance.

Pierce figured the festivities, which followed Boston's game against Cleveland, would toy with his emotions, and he was right. Pierce's childhood idol, Magic Johnson, offered kind words, as did Lakers legend and Pierce's two-time NBA Finals rival Kobe Bryant.

Pierce, resplendent in a green blazer and blue tie, sat courtside for Sunday's game. Everyone came out for the occasion, including former teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

Pierce's assessment of Rivers feels like a touch of hyperbole. He said the 2008 championship solidified Pierce's status as an all-time great in Boston.

"Celtic pride will always be with me and my family. When you win a title you become a main man, and that made Paul", Rivers said. "My daughter was born April of the year we won it, my first daughter, so they didn't really get a chance".

When it came time for his celebration, Pierce ditched a speech he had written and made a decision to just go from the heart.

"I was thinking about the last time I pulled ropes up there I was tearing up crying and I was trying not to cry", said Pierce. "But there's no greater honor than having your National Basketball Association jersey retired for the Boston Celtics". "I left a legacy". My college jersey retired.

Related:

  • Mattis says North Korea can't drive wedge between South, US

    Yo-jong's visit to the South was the first visit by a member of the ruling Kim family ever since the Korean War ended in 1953. The South Korean president also stressed the need for the communist North to resume its dialogue with the United States.
    New parents Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott make a great team

    New parents Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott make a great team

    Maybe she hardly gained anything, but whatever she has done a great job of taking it off already since she just had her daughter. Everyone is pitching in and helping Kylie so she can do things like shower. "They are together and happy".
    US Senate votes to re-open the government

    US Senate votes to re-open the government

    Trump in September ended a program shielding them from deportation, but gave Congress until March 5 to hammer out a replacement. President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan budget deal in the early morning hours, ending the brief shutdown .
  • Second WH official resigns over domestic abuse allegations

    Second WH official resigns over domestic abuse allegations

    The chant stems from questions surrounding Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state. As White House staff secretary, Porter was responsible for reviewing all documents signed by the president.

    Pence, Warmbier's father meet with North Korean defectors

    But the North was welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace". If Moon accepts Kim's offer to come to the North, it will be the third summit meeting between the two Koreas.
    Mkhitaryan: Arsene Wenger 'friendlier' than Jose Mourinho

    Mkhitaryan: Arsene Wenger 'friendlier' than Jose Mourinho

    To have Mkhi means I don't have one of them and, in this moment, I believe the other ones deserve [to be there instead]. He said he needed to win the league and he got Robin van Persie to score him the goals to get above Manchester City.
  • President Trump blocks release of Russian Federation  memo drafted by Democrats

    President Trump blocks release of Russian Federation memo drafted by Democrats

    Like the GOP memo , the Democratic document draws from classified intelligence about the FBI's Russian Federation probe. Democrats immediately cried foul at the decision to send the Democratic memo back to the committee.
    State Department: No One Drives a Wedge Between US and South Korea

    State Department: No One Drives a Wedge Between US and South Korea

    Meanwhile a joint hockey team and a cheerleading squad has generated warm feelings, at least at the Olympics . Kim Yo Jong told the South Korean President: "We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang".
    Isaiah Thomas scores 22 points off bench in Los Angeles Lakers debut

    Isaiah Thomas scores 22 points off bench in Los Angeles Lakers debut

    It was a young team that was thinking rebuild, but we had some different thoughts than that, and we made a push to the playoffs. Thomas and forward Channing Frye were traded to the Lakers in exchange for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr .
  • East Queensland storms: more wild weather as 50000 without power

    East Queensland storms: more wild weather as 50000 without power

    The risky system prompted a severe weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology as it swept across the region on Sunday evening. The worst hit areas included Logan City and Brisbane, with power cut to 58,000 and 30,000 properties respectively.
    Pence avoids meeting top N. Korean official

    Pence avoids meeting top N. Korean official

    It's not unfamiliar", Kim said when asked by one of the South Koreans at the dinner how she feels on the other side of the border. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit USA cities.
    The White House is standing by John Kelly - for now

    The White House is standing by John Kelly - for now

    He said Kelly is doing "a really great job", and "most importantly, I think the president thinks he's doing a great job, as well". On a blog post titled "Why I Stayed", Willoughby wrote, "The first time he called me a "f***ing bitch" was on our honeymoon".

Comments

Latest news

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Ted Potter Jr wins second PGA Tour title
Mickelson, searching for his first win since 2013, has now finished in the top five in two straight events. Johnson was quick out of the blocks with an eagle at the par-five second hole.

Merkel defends painful concessions to SPD, denies authority waning
A survey of 5,127 voters conducted by pollster Civey on Wednesday for t-online indicated that nearly 60% of SPD supporters want the party's members to back the coalition deal.

'Too Soon' To Tell If Korean Olympic Thaw Will Last: Jim Mattis
To accommodate the North Koreans, she scratched three of her South Korean players - Lee Eunji, Lee Yeon Jeong and Jung Siyun. The two sides stressed on Saturday that they were interested in maintaining movement toward peace.

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence charges, per report
He was considered the best inside linebacker in the 2017 draft and his rookie season with San Francisco bolstered that evaluation. General manager John Lynch had previously said the 49ers were attracted to Foster for his enthusiasm and passion for the sport.

North Korea: US says 'no daylight' between allies despite warmer ties
The nuclear-armed North's delegation is the diplomatic highlight of an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula. The divided nation came back into the spotlight previous year after Pyongyang made profound nuclear and rocket advancements.

Kim Jong Un Invites South Korea's President To North Korea
Abe also said, however, that the two leaders had agreed the two countries needed to create a "future-oriented" relationship. South and North Korea technically remain at war, since the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

VP Spokeswoman to CNN: 'Let's Not Whitewash North Korea's Record'
The divided nation came back into the spotlight past year after Pyongyang made profound nuclear and rocket advancements. For the U.S. , selling a preemptive strike to the world would be much harder than retaliation for an act of aggression.

New Engine Trouble for Pratt & Whitney, Airbus
A320neo operators with Pratt & Whitney engines have been plagued by reliability issues since they began flying passengers in 2016. Such a directive is issued when an unsafe condition exists that requires immediate action by an aircraft's owner or operator.

Figure skating and Alpine: What to watch from Pyeongchang
Champion showed no sign of nerves and delivered a personal best short program, finishing in fifth place with a score of 68.94. Maia and Alex Shibutani placed second in the short dance - Team USA's highest segment finish so far in the team event.

Slammed by Tottenham fans but Ben Davies impresses again
Arsenal slipped to a 1-0 loss against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime, leaving them six points adrift of Tottenham in fourth place.

5 dead after 'horrific murder spree' in Johnson County
Price wrote that police in Paintsville received a 911 call at 3:33 p.m. about a shooting in the McKenzie Branch neighborhood. Police throughout the area were on alert and warned that Nickell was armed and risky .

Harvey Weinstein And Movie Studio Sued By New York Attorney General
Representatives for the company and the Weinstein brothers couldn't immediately be reached for comment. Harvey Weinstein has been accused by almost 100 women of sexual harassment, bullying, or rape.

NBC Apologizes For Olympic Analyst's Remarks That Koreans Found Deeply Offensive
NBC also confirmed that Ramo's assignment to assist with Olympic coverage - which was meant to be temporary - has now been terminated.

Turkish military says another soldier killed in Syria
With the backing of Iran and Russian Federation , the Syrian regime has been able to regain control across the majority of Syria . Syrian human rights groups have accused the PYD of committing war crimes in the area over the past three years.

Government shutdown ends after House passes budget deal
McConnell and his negotiating partner, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of NY , figured they'd get that agreement. The Senate voted early Friday morning, before sending the bill to the House where its future was less certain.

Other news