Paul Pierce's number 34 to be retired by Boston Celtics

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Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce will have his iconic No. 34 retired by the National Basketball Association franchise during a ceremony February 11 when the Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. "For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics' leadership, the Celtics' brand and was the MVP of the championship team".

Pierce will be the 22nd Celtics to have his number hang among the rafters with many notable legends in Celtics history, and the first since Cedric Maxwell (number 31) had his number retired back in 2003.

"So it's going to be fantastic to see that happen", said Pagliuca. Pierce, who signed a one-day contract with Boston this summer in order to retire with the team, would love nothing more than for the Celtics to open his retirement celebration by topping a chief rival.

Pierce spent 15 of his 19 seasons with the Celtics - including all of his All-Star appearances. He also played for the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards for one season each and two years with the Los Angeles Clippers.

As a Boston Celtic, Pierce lead the franchise in. "I couldn't imagine ending my career any other way".

The Celtics selected Pierce with the 10th pick of the 1998 draft. "I have always said I would be a Celtic for life, and now it is really coming true". After one season with the Cornhuskers, he finished his college career at Syracuse, where he averaged 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game with a 40.3 shooting percentage from 3-point range.

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