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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 5:28 pm  |  32 responses

Paul Pierce Says Goodbye to Boston (PHOTOS)

The Truth bids Beantown farewell via Instagram.

After the Boston Celtics announced the arrivals of Keith Bogans, Marshon Brooks and Kris Humphries on Monday, Danny Ainge said that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett should receive a standing ovation upon their return to the TD Garden as members of the Brooklyn Nets. And this afternoon, Pierce’s array of Instagram posts displayed his mutual love for the Celtics fan base. Roll through the gallery above for the full 43-photo montage, which you can also see on Pierce’s IG page.

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  • RipCity

    he should have been able to finish his career as a celtic

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Really classy

  • LLC#12

    At 16, I just lost it at Ray Allens face and Nate Robinsons legs flailing on the floor. That celebration-fail is one of my favourite game winner moments ever! Seeing this, it is sad he can’t finish his career though. Whatever happens in Brooklyn, in the future, he’ll always be remembered as a Celtic.

  • spit hot fiyah

    man i laughed at that picture, epic fail celebration ftw

  • spit hot fiyah

    all that’s missing is the slam cover from his rookie year

  • RKJ92

    #Nostalgic

  • Enigmatic

    I understand at the end of the day, it’s a business and all that, but still kinda sucks to see players who have been with a team for a long time not get to finish out their careers there, like Hakeem Olajuwan, Patrick Ewing and now PP.

  • the_unknown

    damn, before reading this comment, I had no idea that the Dream & Patrick Ewing didn’t finish their careers in Houston & New York.

  • Will Lee

    emotional. no rondo in the series?

  • Enigmatic
  • lights out

    classy. and touching. whatever he does in brooklyn, the dude is a celtic for life. will always respect him and think of him as a guy not afraid to compete with anybody. people laughed in 08 when he said he was the best in the league, and that may have been a little much (i think he was being a little facetious), but don’t forget, he was coming off a playoffs where he went to toe to toe with lebron and then kobe and won.

  • Jin

    I hope he signs a 1-day deal in Boston when he’s all done so he is able to retire as a member of the Celtics

  • BugEyes

    That slow half spin crossover to the step back jumper will be missed in Boston

  • BigAl #13

    PHOTO #17 = HEADBUST

  • LP @ThisisEther

    he will

  • G.R.Jr.

    one of the best half court players to play the game. hate to see him go, but he will continue to be an ambassador of the game in brooklyn

  • Otis

    Huh I had no idea that Hakeem played a season in Toronto. How bizarre.

  • bike

    One of the greatest pure scorers the game has ever seen. The first Nets/Celtics matchup in Boston will be must see TV for sure.

  • Lloyd

    Damn that 08′ squad was just so damn lovable.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Agreed even as a Laker fan I wasn’t all that pissed off that we lost to them.

  • Peter Walsh

    Seeing Pierce in a Brooklyn jersey is going to be really wack.

  • lights out

    for sure. ’10 was just as lovable to me. after a lousy second half of the regular season, they absolutely dominated the playoffs, straight up embarrassing cleveland and orlando. and those finals. big baby and nate jumping and drooling all over each other, ray/tony allen d’ing up kobe, rondo still being kind of in the coming out party phase of his career… sigh.

  • BCoops

    What ever happened to Posey?!

  • Lloyd

    Haha he went to New Orleans right after the C’s won that chip and then was traded to Indiana. He got dropped by them and I’m not really sure where he ended up.

  • Lloyd

    What a ragtag squad that was. Loved them too. They always looked like they were having the best time. For example…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYzuWD_fYs8

    Hearing that last line just brought a tear to my eye…

  • Evan Boland

    Loved them, too. Loved ‘em.

  • Evan Boland

    Cosign

  • Evan Boland

    Can I get a shot over the SLAM CHINA 100th issue covers? All 4?

  • BCoops

    Literally cried laughing at this!!

  • ClydeSays

    Nuts. Besides being the C’s most consistent player for so long, he did so much work with the community, not just in the city but all over the state. Thank you, PP!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    I think there were six but we couldn’t show them all for a few reasons I can’t get into…here was what we posted on IG: http://instagram.com/p/WuReWrsWEf/

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