Basketball fans likely have grown tired of hearing the words “tribute video” in wake of recent events, but the one the Boston Celtics honored Paul Pierce with Sunday afternoon brought on all sorts of emotions.

During Pierce’s number retirement ceremony following the Celtics’ loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the TD Garden JumboTron aired a tribute video which highlighted Pierce’s legendary basketball life, dating from his days as a youngster in Inglewood, Calif. to hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2008 for the Celtics.

Check out the video below:


Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn couldn’t have put it any better. While Pierce’s roots are on the West Coast, Boston knows him as one its own, and he’ll forever be a Celtic.

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