It's been a storied career for Paul Pierce, studded with his legacy in green and white. And while he was traded from the Celtics more than 3 years ago, Boston has always stayed close to his heart.
That's why his final appearance on the parquet will mean so much to the veteran of 19 years, and why he's soaking in as much as he can in his last trip as a player to Boston.
Paul Pierce spent Saturday morning taking photographs around Boston. “I’m soaking it all in, man." pic.twitter.com/V8VD1J4bC1— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 4, 2017
It's not something he's going to prepare for, in part because he doesn't know what to expect.
Paul Pierce: "I don’t know what kind of emotion is going to come out, whether it’s a smile or a tear or what.” pic.twitter.com/r1q8F8sZrZ— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 4, 2017
It's been 18 years to the day since Pierce first took the floor for the Boston Celtics, and while he hasn't seen a ton of playing time in his final year, fans can absolutely expect to see "the Truth" on the hardwood for some time.
Paul Pierce has played only one game since after Christmas. Doc Rivers on Sunday’s game in Boston: "He’ll play for sure.”— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 4, 2017
But just cause the old guy is going to be feeling some nostalgia out there, don't expect the Celtics to lay back on him. Jaylen Brown is gearing up to play one of his idols, who's been in the league since he was a year old:
Jaylen "can't wait" to play Pierce: "Mid-range game, elbow shots, step-back fadeaways, all of that. I studied his game, watched his game."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 4, 2017
The fans will likely embrace Pierce in his final trip to the Garden, and the Celtics will probably have some form of tribute to his 15 years with the franchise. But in the end, it's another game the C's will play to win, especially against a top tier opponent in the Los Angeles Clippers.
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