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Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett Receive Big Ovations in Return to Boston (Videos)

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.

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Boston’s “Big Three”, which featured Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, celebrated an NBA title 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)

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By | 2017-08-25T17:32:21+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Kevin Paul, NBA, Writers|6 Comments

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  1. admin February 1, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    I agree that Stevens needs time, and I think he will do well there. While many people up this way didn’t know about him, because they aren’t big on college here, I thought it was an interesting and solid hire. They are young, as you said, and inexperienced, for sure. They will end up with a high draft pick, more than likely… all depending on the lottery. It’s a deep draft.

  2. admin January 30, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    TOP–What do you think is going to happen to Rondo? There are constant rumors about him being in the trade market, but recently, there was chatter about him wanting to spend the rest of his career in Boston, and that the Celtics may consider inking him to a long-term deal.

  3. admin January 29, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    TOP — KG had that fiery side, and certainly has done his share of trash talking on the court with all kinds of players. He’s the kind of guy that the local teams love and the opposing teams can’t stand.

  4. admin January 29, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    TOP – KG is certainly known for a lot of trash talking on the court, and has had a lot of passionate moments like that for years. The local fans loved him…. and any local team would… leaving the opponents to despise them.

  5. admin January 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    REV– It was classy. I have noticed that this city is very passionate about its former players… and this goes on both sides of the fence. Those that bail or take more money against a rival, they boo them mercifully… and for those that spent years and performed well, they throw them quite the tributes. It was just a great story, and I had to put it up. I’m actually going this weekend to a game…

  6. SportsChump January 27, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    Pretty classy move by the fans and the organization.

    Did you happen to catch the press conference with both KB and Pierce afterwards?

    Check it out if you can. Pretty touching.

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