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Paul Pierce's legacy was more then the game in Boston

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

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The high of Sunday's game hasn't worn off yet, and the stories keep coming, and everyone has shared their moments. During Sunday's game, ESPN talked about Paul Pierce hitting up trainers, fans, and others in attendance at the Garden. Adrian Wojnarowski, wrote an awesome article on Paul's return.

A piece of Wojo's article:

As he walked into the locker room, Pierce discovered a familiar face ashen and shaken, slumping on a stool in a stunned silence.

Pierce walked over and asked Jamie Young: “What’s wrong, man?”

For seven years Young had worked for the Celtics as a video coordinator until he was promoted to the endless road life of an advance scout. And now in this moment of organizational euphoria, he tried to make sense of the telephone call that had come hours earlier: Without warning, his 56-year-old father died of a heart attack in the small Indiana town where he had raised Young.

“I’m going to pay for his funeral,” Pierce told Young. “I’m going to pay for everything.”

And Pierce did, the way he quietly had always been so generous with staff members who worked the longest hours and made the most modest of salaries. So here was Young, an assistant coach on Brad Stevens’ staff, standing and cheering Pierce in the middle of the Garden on Sunday night. This was a night when everyone came to deliver Pierce and Garnett the gratitude for hanging that championship banner in 2008, for making the Celtics matter again, making the Celtics the Celtics again.

Within the organization, Pierce’s generosity was legendary. He fought for the lowest of assistants and basketball staff to get playoff bonuses, and he used to give the team’s traveling party $1,000 each to spend on the annual trip to the Nike employee store outside of Portland. Inside and outside the organization, Pierce was generous with commitments of time and resources, relentlessly championing children’s causes and charities.

Sometimes I hate giving us fans praise, because most fans believe their the best. But honestly, Celtic fans are the best in the game, and that comes with the history of this franchise. Of course we have teams like the Thunder or the Warriors with great fans, but Boston has a rich history. The fans seem to get it, even though some of us may disagree with people wanting to have Rondo traded, or whatever. But the bottom line is that Celtic fans love their team.

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