Just a few days after Kevin Garnett announced his retirement, his former teammate Paul Pierce announced on the Players Tribune that this season would be his last. Playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, and most notably the Boston Celtics, his career was nothing short of legendary. Even though he’s played for four different teams in his career, he only has one home: Boston, and it’s time to bring him back.
Paul is like a lost dog that ran away from his owners and never came running back home and the owners never bothered looking for him and just let him go. Now the owners miss the dog dearly and want him to return home. Terrible metaphor, I know, but Danny Ainge needs his dog back. The whole family needs their dog back. The city of Boston needs their dog back. Paul, you’re not just a dog to us, you’re a walking, living legend.
Paul Pierce will retire a Celtic; there is no question about that. Clippers’ head coach and former Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers made it very clear that he will make sure Paul retires a Celtic when the time comes. It’s not a question of if, but when. Why not sooner than later? I say screw it; let’s trade James Young for Paul Pierce. Trade away a cornerstone for this franchise for the man that has been the franchise cornerstone for 15 damn years. Hell, Danny should throw in one of his valuable 2nd round picks to sweeten the deal. Who says no?
Pierce, another Boston legend wearing number 34 that’s retiring, will have a farewell tour similar to Kobe. Every fan at every game will chant his name and chills will run down our spines every time. That one game or two that he plays in Boston will be a spectacle you cannot miss. The TD Garden will be packed with crazy Boston fans smelling like smoke and wearing throwback Paul Pierce jerseys. So quick question, if you’re Boston, why wouldn’t you want this EVERY home game?! If Paul Pierce comes back for his final season, every single home game will be packed, sold out even. From a business standpoint, it’s the smartest thing you can do. Paul Pierce is much more than a business proposal, but the Celtics’ organization can get the best of both worlds.
This day was bound to happen for a while now, similar to KG retiring. We all knew it was going to happen, but we just didn’t know when and didn’t know how we would be able to handle all the emotions coming at us at once. Paul Pierce, one of my favorite players of all time, is a legend that deserves to be treated like one during his final season. Danny Ainge better jump on this now. Paul Pierce didn’t get stabbed 11 times and still play the full season for nothing. Paul Pierce almost died for this Celtics team, and God knows he would do it again if he had to. Paul Pierce is a Celtic. I don’t care who he plays for or where he’s played for the past few seasons. Bring Paul home now Danny.