Paul Pierce, whose 19-year NBA career ended Sunday afternoon when the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs, will have his jersey retired by the team that drafted him, the Boston Celtics.
Pierce spent 15 years in Boston and he led the team to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008. Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck confirmed the news on Monday:
“(Pierce is) the last player to wear No. 34 for us,” Grousbeck told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich,” via CBS Boston.
The Celtics haven’t retired a number since raising Robert Parish’s double zeroes to the rafters in 1998. But Pierce certainly is deserving of the honor. Grousbeck said we can expect the future Hall of Famer to return to the Celtics organization, though his role has not been identified.