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Paul Pierce signs 1-day contract, retires as a Celtic

Paul Pierce signs 1-day contract, retires as a Celtic

Paul Pierce has retired the only way that seemed fitting.

The longtime small forward, who was a 10-time All-Star during his 15-year run in Boston, signed a one-day contract with the C's Monday in order to retire as a Celtic. The team announced the move on Twitter. 

"It's an honor to have this opportunity to once again call myself a Boston Celtic," Pierce said in a statement. "The organization and city took me in and made me one of their own, and I couldn’t imagine ending my career any other way. I’m a Celtic for life.”

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The C's drafted Pierce 10th overall in 1998, eventually seeing him lead them to an NBA title in 2008 with teammates Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. He was traded to the Nets in the infamous 2013 deal that landed the Celtics top-three picks in each of the last two drafts, among other assets. Pierce spent just one season in Brooklyn before playing one season with the Wizards and finishing his playing days with two seasons as a Clipper. 

“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,” C's governor and managing partner Wyc Grousbeck said in the statement. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”

Pierce's next move is not yet known, though he has been praised throughout the league as being capable of excelling in a front office job. 
 

LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter

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LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter

President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors led to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes.

One of the most notable was from the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who backed Curry:

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul also weighed in:

NFL players, including the Patriots' Devin McCourty, also chimed in on Twitter after Trump criticized players who have protested during the national anthem, most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  

A sampling: 

Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

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Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

President Donald Trump, in a tweet Saturday, rescinded the invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry after Curry had made it clear he didn't want to go for the traditional champions' visit.

It's unclear if Trump's tweet referred to just Curry not being invited or if the President meant the entire Warriors team was not welcome.

Curry had said Friday at Warriors’ media day that he planned to vote no when the team discussed visiting the White House as a team. 

“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation.” Curry said of the team's meeting on the issue. 

His teammate Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

Curry, Durant, coach Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization have been critical of Trump and team officials had told the White House they would vote as a team whether to go.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended Curry's stance and called out Trump in a tweet:

At a rally in Alabama Friday night, the President criticized NFL players - most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police treatment of African-Americans. 

Curry referred to the NFL players protests when talking to reporters on Friday.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with [the Seattle Seahawks'] Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry said. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”