BOSTON (AP) Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.
‘The Truth’ doesn’t have to dream about that day anymore.
The Celtics retired Pierce’s No. 34 on Sunday 11th Feb. following the Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul became the 23rd person in franchise history with the honor of his name and number enshrined by the Celtics organization.
— Mike D'Abate (@mdabateFPC) February 12, 2018
The honor capped a 19-year career for Paul Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics won their 17th championship.
After the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court through the newly named Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel. The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce’s signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what it really means to be a ‘Celtic’.
When his jersey was raised, Pierce was serenaded with chants of ‘Thank You….Paul Pierce!!!!’ over and over agan.