BOSTON – Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce was celebrated Saturday night at the Four Seasons Boston prior to his No. 34 jersey retirement Sunday at the TD Garden.
Pierce’s jersey retirement dinner brought back many proud teammates, coaches, family members and friends, many of whom recognized Pierce as one of the greatest leaders in NBA history.
“I’m very proud of being here tonight to help celebrate Paul,” said former Boston great Robert Parish. “I like the fact that he was able to put his ego aside for the team…which says a lot because for him to share the spotlight with other superstars that makes you know the type of person Paul is and the respect and admiration that everybody has for him, because I think he’s a genuinely nice person.”
The Chief additionally said that he thought Pierce was the best offensive Celtic “ever.”
“I just think that Paul was more creative. He was a better scorer than Larry and John Havlicek. I think that Larry and John Havlicek and Paul were the best offensive players that the Celtics had ever. I think Paul tops that list in my opinion,” said the Chief.
Both Parish and former teammate Antoine Walker had high admiration for Pierce’s persistence, determination and competitive edge as a player. Walker mentioned his all-time favorite Pierce moment in 2008, making it to the playoffs where Walker said Pierce took his game to another level. Walker mentioned Pierce not only leading the team in scoring but the resilience he had within to be the “clutch” fourth-quarter player of all time.
“One thing I’ll always remember, and that I always like to share with people, is that he wasn’t scared of nobody,” said Walker. “He wanted to play against the best, he wanted to guard the best, he wanted to be the best. And that’s one thing that got him to the point where he is today.”
Pierce’s legacy will forever be ingrained in the TD Garden and starting Sunday, every fan who enters the TD Garden will look up and see the Truth’s jersey number hung up alongside other Boston greats.
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