Returning to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Brooklyn Nets, it was expected that veteran standouts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett would receive a warm welcome from the fans in Boston.
And a warm welcome they did receive.
Before being traded to Brooklyn, Pierce had previously spent his entire career in Boston (15 seasons). Garnett was acquired from Minnesota back in 2007, and spent six seasons with the Celtics.
The Celtics’ “Big Three”, a trio featuring Pierce, Garnett and the recently departed Ray Allen, brought another NBA Championship to the city in Boston in 2008.
WEEI reporter Mike Petraglia (@Trags) submitted the following raw video to his YouTube account, which features the introduction of both Pierce and Garnett. While the video isn’t of the highest quality, you can still clearly see (and hear) that the fans brought plenty of cheers – and in predictable Boston fashion, were able to turn those cheers off, and immediately boo Nets head coach Jason Kidd.
As the game progressed, the Celtics presented the fans and players with individual tributes to both Pierce and Garnett – and Petraglia also posted videos of each of these to his YouTube account:
Boston’s Tribute to Kevin Garnett:
Boston’s Tribute to Paul Pierce:
On a personal note, it would have been great to be at the game, and while it was a strong ovation, I actually expected the fans to cheer these two stars for a while longer during the original introduction. Perhaps it was the fact that the public announcer moved on to the rest of the team and coaching staff.
Either way, it was a great moment for a city that has celebrated a lot of sports success over the last decade.
(H/T Mike Petraglia – WEEI)