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Paul Pierce‘s playing days came to an end when the Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 7 of their first round to the Utah Jazz a few months back. However, this week he finally made it official.
On Monday, Pierce returned to where it all started, signing a one-day contract with the Boston Celtics so he could retire with the team with which he won a championship and made 10 All-Star appearances.
Amazingly, Celtics equipment manager John Connor had saved a couple pairs of Pierce’s signature Nikes for just such an occasion. Sure enough, Pierce laced them up and drained some threes at the Celtics’ practice facility in Waltham for old time’s sake.
I was amazed to learn that JJ (eqp mgr) had held pairs of never-worn Pierce shoes @ both Waltham & Garden, waiting for Paul, just in case… pic.twitter.com/Hwo1uzCbIS
— Mike Zarren (@mikezarren) July 17, 2017
Of course, Pierce never wanted to leave Boston in the first place. However, on the day of the 2013 NBA Draft, Boston GM Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on a deal that sent him to Brooklyn along with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in exchange for first round picks in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
It was a pretty genius move by Ainge that enabled him to pull off one of the shortest total re-builds in recent history, and Pierce has since indicated that there are no hard feelings. However, on Monday he couldn’t resist trolling Ainge a bit.
According to ESPN, Pierce showed up to the Celtics facility wearing an old pair of Brooklyn Nets shorts.
“Hey Danny, see this?” Pierce said when he saw Ainge, tugging at the shorts. “This is where you sent me!”
The Truth hurts, man.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]