Will We Ever See Another NBA Star Spend Entire Career with the Same Team?

January 28th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Paul Pierce made a stirring return to the TD Garden on Jan. 26, complete with a chill-inducing video tribute that made everyone remember silly things like professional sports are sometimes profoundly meaningful.

The 15 years Pierce spent in Boston meant something to him and he, in turn, meant something to Boston.

Per Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe:

The chants, cheers, and applause were loud enough to blow the roof off the Garden. The standing ovation lasted minutes that seemed to stretch into eternity. Pierce watched and smiled and mouthed to the fans, “Thank you, I love you” over and over. He took a bow, twice.

But the only reason the entire moving scene happened was because Pierce had done some moving of his own—traded from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2013. It was an odd farewell disguised as a welcome, and it highlighted the increasingly nomadic nature of life as an NBA player.

It also raised a sobering question: If someone as beloved as Pierce couldn't stick in a place as devoted to tradition as Boston, could anyone?

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