Man, 20,000 points, and all with the Boston Celtics. Who would have thunk it? It was really an emotional moment for me.
Though I for sure knew it was going to happen soon, when the actual moment came, it was tough for me to wrap my mind around it. Right then, my thoughts were so focused on the game and doing whatever I could to make sure we got the win. It actually took me by surprise when it happened. When I think about it, it wouldn’t have felt as good to do this if we didn’t get the win. So I tried to keep my composure, relax, take deep breaths, and keep composed.
So when it did, all these thoughts just started rushing through my head. Just thinking about all the years that I’ve been here. My whole career with the Boston Celtics. All the support from the fans, the organization, the city.
All the ups and downs, and how lucky I am and all the hard work that we all put in to turn this thing around and get that Banner 17. If you'd have asked me five years ago, I would've said there was no way this all would've happened while I was with the Celts.
I mean, not only because of all we've been through here, but mainly cuz you just don't see it happen these days. A player reaching a milestone like this while playing for just one team. Though my number one, two and three priorities are getting that next championship ring, I'd be lying to you all if I said I wasn't proud to accomplish something like this. At the end of the day, you play team sports to win titles, but every player likes to see how they stand as compared to their peers and achievements like this show you where you stand.
To be one of the players in NBA history to do this, with my appreciation of all the great players that have played in this league, that means something to me for sure. Even more importantly, being just the third player to score 20,000 while playing only for the Celtics. Havlicek, Bird and now Pierce. That's something.
You know, you say those names and those are Hall of Fame players right there. Top 50 players. Just to be mentioned in the same sentence with them as far as scoring, it means a lot. These guys are part of history. These are guys you’re going to remember in Celtic lore forever. Hopefully I can keep my name in that category as I continue to play and continue to do good things for this franchise.
But honestly, the only thing that really matters to me and my teammates, and the only way to etch our name among the true legends of the game is multiple rings. So we got some work to do and we know what we gotta do. I couldn't have done this without the support of my teammates, the fans and the Celtics organization, and we all need to work together to get that Banner 18.
So yeah, I shed a tear or two when the crowd roared and helped celebrate this moment.
It was emotional, no question. And for me to cry, as a grown man? That right there tells you a lot. When my mom whupped me when I was a little kid - I didn't even cry.
But, you wanna see real tears of joy? That'll come when we get our next ring.
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About the authorPaul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »
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