Should Paul Pierce’s No. 34 Be Retired by the Celtics Someday?


Should Paul Pierce's No. 34 Be Retired by the Celtics Someday?The Celtics might have to start using Roman numerals if they retire any more numbers, but you can't dispute what Paul Pierce has meant to the C's throughout his 14-year career.

The Truth trails only John Havlicek on Boston's all-time scoring list, as he leapfrogged Larry Bird during the regular season. And despite just the one title (in 2008), Pierce has been the face of the franchise since the C's drafted him out of Kansas in 1998.

Pierce has been selected to 10 All-Star Games and boasts career averages of 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. That accompanies an impressive playoff resume that he is continuing to build on this postseason.

Watching Pierce drop 36 on the Hawks in Game 2 and then follow that up with a 21-point performance in Game 3, during which he went 14-for-14 from the free throw line, you couldn't help but wonder how much longer Boston fans will be able to enjoy their captain.

Pierce is showing no signs of slowing down, but at 34 years old and with talk of retirement circling, he could soon find himself walking away from the game he's played so well for years. When that happens, you can bet there will be some calling for his No. 34 to be raised to the rafters.

Should Pierce join the other Celtics legends high above the TD Garden parquet?

Should Paul Pierce's No. 34 be retired by the Celtics someday?

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