Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/29/13
Los_angeles_lakers_c1e7
No matter what team he suits up for next season — and how hard of a sight it may be for Celtics fans — Paul Pierce will always bleed green, and that’s The Truth. After 15 iconic seasons with the team that drafted him, Pierce is moving to Brooklyn next season after Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge pulled the plug on the remaining pieces of Boston’s Big Three on Thursday night, trading No. 34 with Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for players and future first round draft picks. But regardless of where Pierce goes or how weird it may be to suddenly refer to him as a former Celtics captain, nothing can take away the memories that The Truth provided Bostonians for those 15 legendary years that he donned the green and white. From Antoine Walker and Ron Mercer to Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green, from Rick Pitino to Doc Rivers, from painful losing seasons and heartbreaking playoff exits to that long-awaited 2008 championship, Pierce was the anchor, the one there through it all, breaking scoring records and burying buzzer-beaters along the way. One day, his legendary career will undoubtedly be recognized in the Garden rafters as well as the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield. For now, though, as we close this memorable chapter of Celtics basketball and prepare for the next, it’s never been more appropriate to sit back and remember the greatest moments that made Pierce one of the greatest Celtics who ever lived. Check out the Top 10 moments of Paul Pierce’s Celtics career >> Photo via Facebook/DARKSIDE Tattoo + Piercing

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Jose Altuve leaves game after scary outfield collision

Allen Iverson has savage response to Tim Hardaway’s crossover claim

Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo ‘longshot’ to return during Celtics series

Pat Riley: LeBron James’ departure from Miami ‘was personal’

Marcus Smart fires back at Jimmy Butler over ‘not about that life’ talk

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tony Gonzalez: Tony Romo did not cost me CBS job

Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated by NFL

Dustin Pedroia: No rift in Red Sox clubhouse after Manny Machado incident

USGA tries to simplify rules by ending viewer call-ins, somehow makes it more complicated

NFL GM: Peterson could push Saints ‘into the playoffs and beyond’

Report: Derek Jeter/Jeb Bush-led group wins auction for Miami Marlins

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker