Paul Pierce discussed reaching the 20,000-point milestone on his Boston.com blog.
Normally, Pierce’s blog posts are like a loaf of bread: bland and boring, and sometimes you just need to take a knife to them. But this one was legitimate. He finally shared some of his own feelings.
So when it did, all these thoughts just started rushing through my head. Just thinking about all the years that I’ve been here. My whole career with the Boston Celtics. All the support from the fans, the organization, the city.
All the ups and downs, and how lucky I am and all the hard work that we all put in to turn this thing around and get that Banner 17. If you’d have asked me five years ago, I would’ve said there was no way this all would’ve happened while I was with the Celts.
I mean, not only because of all we’ve been through here, but mainly cuz you just don’t see it happen these days. A player reaching a milestone like this while playing for just one team. Though my number one, two and three priorities are getting that next championship ring, I’d be lying to you all if I said I wasn’t proud to accomplish something like this. At the end of the day, you play team sports to win titles, but every player likes to see how they stand as compared to their peers and achievements like this show you where you stand.
To be one of the players in NBA history to do this, with my appreciation of all the great players that have played in this league, that means something to me for sure. Even more importantly, being just the third player to score 20,000 while playing only for the Celtics. Havlicek, Bird and now Pierce. That’s something.
That is something. Pierce went on to admit he cried a little after his accomplishment. (In all honesty, I did too. As Pierce stood there, nodding his head to the fan’s cheers, emotions got the best of me.) Then Pierce said the next time he’ll cry tears of joy:
When the Celtics win their 18th title.