Paul Pierce is ending his Hall of Fame worthy career where it all started.
The 39-year-old Pierce signed a contract with the Celtics that will allow him to retire with the organization, the team announced Monday.
“We’re honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics – a champion on and off the court,” said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”
“We just felt like we had too much talent to tear it down to the foundation. The main thing with [coach] Quin [Snyder] and Rudy is, what do we stand for? We feel like we have a great player in Rudy, and we want to showcase his ability.”
Hayward opted to leave the Jazz after seven years and sign with the Celtics on a four-year, $128 million deal on July 4. Despite his exit, the team is confident Gobert can be the leader it needs.
“We have the chance to be very good defensively,” Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell said. “With Rudy in the middle, that allows the guards on the perimeter to pressure their men. If we get beat, we have the big guy to erase our mistakes and challenge in the paint. It’s a nice luxury to have.”
Although the Jazz undoubtedly will face a number of challenges, Gobert shares Cheap Basketball Jerseys his teammates’ confidence and believes “people are going to be surprised” by how the team Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China handles the hurdle.
The Bulls’ push for a playoff spot took a significant hit Thursday as an MRI exam on Dwyane Wade’s right (shooting) elbow showed a broken bone in the joint in addition to a sprain that will sideline him for the rest of the regular season, the Bulls announced.
Wade left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 98-91 loss to the Grizzlies with the injury, telling reporters afterward that “I knew it was something a little bit more just because of what I heard.”
“We should have won this game,” Thomas said, via ESPN. “We should have won [Sunday] night [in Phoenix]. We can’t be experimenting in Game 63.
“It’s just the way we lost tonight was unacceptable. We lost the game in the last 15 minutes of the game. We played a really good game up until the last 15 minutes. And that’s the players’ fault, the coaches’ fault, that’s everybody in this locker room’s fault. We could have done a lot better.”
Thomas and company have now lost two of their last three games since a thrilling win over the Cavaliers last Wednesday. Despite the small slump, Thomas understands his team is still a contender.
“We’re only three games back (of the Eastern Conference lead). It’s not Baseball Jerseys Cheap the end of the season,” Thomas said. “We could go on a five-game winning streak starting next game. You never know. That’s how fast things can change. But we have to figure it out. We will. We can’t panic, but tonight Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys hurt. It hurt me, I know that.”
Draymond Green decided to kick things up a notch Thursday against the Clippers.
The Warriors forward was wrestling for a loose ball in the first half of Thursday’s game at Oracle Arena. When Clippers forward Blake Griffin came in to try to rip the ball from Green’s hand, Griffin was nearly kicked in the head as Green violently raised his right leg.
“When I was first talking with the Pelicans, it was about Buddy (Hield) and two first-round picks,” Divac said. “I talked to DeMarcus’ agents (Dan Fegan and Jarinn Akana) to inform them we were having talks, negotiating terms, and they called teams and threatened them, saying that if Cousins was traded, he would not sign an extension. They got scared and dropped it down to a second-round pick. I thought if I waited longer, I would get less. I needed to act.”
The Bee asked Divac why he told ESPN two weeks ago that Cousins would Cheap NFL Jerseys China not be traded.
“Because I really did not have (good offers) for DeMarcus,” Divac responded. “In all the conversations I was having with GMs, we weren’t going to get anything. People were scared because of his history. So I felt confident he was going to stay with us, and I was going to work with him, and we would do the best we can. But then I got the offer from the Pelicans a few days before the All-Star Game. That Best Cheap Jerseys From China was a difference of, what, two weeks from what I had said to ESPN? Everything changed.”