Paul Pierce holds up his framed -- and retired -- No. 34 Inglewood High jersey.Celtics captain Paul Pierce had his No. 34 Inglewood High jersey retired Tuesday in a ceremony at his old stomping grounds. Here's more from the Associated Press:
Pierce enthusiastically endorsed the Boston Celtics' decision to sign O'Neal after Pierce's No. 34 jersey was retired at Inglewood High School on Tuesday.
Boston owner Wyc Grousbeck said the Celtics decided to pursue O'Neal after Bryant's playful remark after the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 7 victory over Boston in June in the NBA Finals. Bryant laughed about having one more championship ring than O'Neal, his former teammate with the Lakers.
"I'm not at all surprised by it, because [Grousbeck] is a competitor too," said Pierce, the 2008 Finals MVP. "Even though he's not on the court with us, when we win, he wins, and when we lose, he loses, because he feels it just as much as we do."
Pierce, a former high school McDonald's All-American who played at Kansas for three seasons, was honored by civic leaders and community members including Inglewood Mayor Daniel K. Tabor during a two-hour ceremony. Pierce grew up in Inglewood as a Lakers fan.
"This is a great day for me," Pierce said. "It's a great honor. There's only a few people that have had their jersey retired at the high school."
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