Paul Pierce declares Doc Rivers a 'Semi-Prophet'

NBA Power Rankings

NBA Power Rankings

Pierce's No. 34 is the 22nd number retired by the Boston Celtics organization.

A reunion of sorts of the 2007-08 Celtics was held a year ago, when Pierce, Garnett, Rondo and center Kendrick Perkins appeared together on a "Room 21" segment on "The NBA on TNT". Pierce smiled as Bryant said in his message that Pierce made "all the Celtics legends proud". "It just helps me realize the impact I was able to have and the respect that I think I was given throughout the course of my career". "If I never make the Hall of Fame or anything, to go up in the rafters as a retired number for the Celtics - that's just enough. That'll be enough. That would be enough for me". "When you're forever with the Celtics, you're forever". Everyone came out for the occasion, including former teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

The No. 10 pick from the 1998 draft spent the first 15 years of his career in Boston and won the 2008 Finals MVP, after leading the Celtics to their league-record 17th championship by beating the Lakers in six games. "Paul could have done that", Rivers said. He began to cry as he thanked his wife and children, prompting the crowd to break into a standing ovation. "When you start talking about the kids you get emotional".

The jersey retirement ceremony was held at the halftime of Boston's game against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. The team said it hopes the designation will, "will serve as a reminder to all current and future players of what being a Celtic truly means".

Boston's Kyrie Irving gave Pierce a hug before the game. Meanwhile, Pierce was telling ESPN's Doris Burke on the ABC telecast that the "best part" of the day was having "my family" and "my teammates. all in one building" to help him celebrate his No. 34 jersey getting raised to the rafters.

More news: Teen Gerard wins slopestyle snowboarding for USA's 1st gold
More news: Why Tyga wants a DNA test done on Kylie's first born baby
More news: Red Gerard becomes youngest Olympian to medal in snowboarding

The 6-foot-7 forward nicknamed "The Truth" by an National Basketball Association legend, Shaquille O'Neal, Pierce is Boston's all-time leader in 3-pointers made (1,823), free throws made (6,434) and steals (1,583). "I'm very proud of you, and I'm proud that you were a Celtic".

Pierce, resplendent in a green blazer and blue tie, sat courtside for Sunday's game.

When it came time for his celebration, Pierce ditched a speech he had written and made a decision to just go from the heart.

"I didn't expect that all, especially coming from rivals", Pierce said. "I left a legacy".

Recommended News

  • North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA

    North Korea had frank, candid talks with South's president: KCNA

    Moon has always expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea. "I clearly said so to President Moon", he said. Both Kim Yong Nam and Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong , also sat in Moon's box.

    1266 militants 'neutralized' in Turkey's Afrin operation

    Last Saturday, seven Turkish troops died in the worst single-day loss of the operation so far, with five killed in a tank attack. It was not immediately possible to verify this figure.
    NBC apologies after analyst comment about Japan

    NBC apologies after analyst comment about Japan

    Tokyo only formally lukewarm-apologised two years ago for the sexual enslavement of thousands of Korean women during World War II. His incorrect and insensitive comment about Korea's history has enraged many of its people.
  • S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

    S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation

    The dictator's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam , were seated a row behind. The vice president also opted not to attend a dinner where he was expected to sit with a member of the North Korean delegation.
    Pence awkwardly avoids North Korean delegation at Olympics

    Pence awkwardly avoids North Korean delegation at Olympics

    If it does take place, the meeting would be the first time the heads of state from North and South Korea have met for a decade. The meeting and luncheon, not disclosed to the media, lasted for about three hours at the presidential complex.
    Arsenal fall at Wembley to Kane's lone strike

    Arsenal fall at Wembley to Kane's lone strike

    There was more at stake than just the derby, I said that before the game. "Once they had scored the goal, that maybe played a part in it.
  • Coast residents lose power in freak storm

    Coast residents lose power in freak storm

    Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Michael Paech said the storm had brought strong winds, but not much rainfall. Forecasters warned residents to move cars under cover, be wary of fallen powerlines and seek shelter if necessary.
    Time, TV schedule, and how to watch Sunday's figure skating online

    Time, TV schedule, and how to watch Sunday's figure skating online

    After two of three days in the figure skating team event, the US sits in third at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. That's why she wears headphones, so she can listen to '80s classic rock, like AC/DC and Boston, that pumps her up.
    South Korea's President Moon invited by N. Korea to visit Pyongyang

    South Korea's President Moon invited by N. Korea to visit Pyongyang

    Two South Korean presidents, both of them progressives, have gone to Pyongyang for summits before, both with Kim Jong Un's father. The Games has seen better ties between the two Koreas despite tensions over the North's nuclear programme.
  • Pence slams 'menacing' North Korea parade while promoting Trump's planned military spectacle

    Pence slams 'menacing' North Korea parade while promoting Trump's planned military spectacle

    Howard said they had chose to work together "to show the world, this is what peace could look like when two leaders get along". He added: "We get along personally, so I believe that Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, if they talked they'd probably get along".

    Isaiah Thomas to come off bench vs. Mavericks in Lakers debut

    Ingram started his fifth straight game at the position and scored 22 points while knocking down four of five 3-pointers. The Lakers like to switch defensively quite often, and that left Thomas in some really bad situations defensively.
    Claude Puel keen to move on from Riyad Mahrez saga

    Claude Puel keen to move on from Riyad Mahrez saga

    On another day, De Bruyne would have got the nod, but the clinical finishing skills of Aguero were just so good in the end. But Manchester City got back in front soon after the second half started, and from then on it was all Aguero .

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.