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Paul Pierce eyes return to Boston — someday

Paul Pierce [1] wants to return to Boston. Just not as a basketball player.

Maybe as a restaurant owner.

‘€œUltimately, what I would like to do is have a business in Boston,’€ the former Celtics captain told The Boston Globe [2]. ‘€œMaybe like a sports bar. I would love to do something like that here. None of the former Celtic great players have come and done that. I thought about it, and why hasn’€™t anyone come and opened up a nice restaurant? You see the Don Shula [3] restaurant, the Michael Jordan [4] restaurant, and Magic [Johnson] got the theaters in LA. Why nobody here? All this history, all these championships and love, why has nobody done that?

‘€œI am going to still have relationships here. I’€™m always going to come to this city. Every year, when I’€™m done, I’€™m going to have a reason to come here.’€

Or maybe as a front office executive.

‘€œWho knows? I may be working for Wyc Grousbeck or Danny Ainge,’€ he added. ‘€œA lot of players don’€™t understand it. I’€™ve always understood it. And [other players] let their pride and ego get in the way. I’€™ve made a lot of money here, I’€™ve built relationships, won a championship here, I thank y’€™all for everything y’€™all gave me. How can I be mad for everything they’€™ve given me. I’€™m thankful.’€

So, if it’s any consolation, Pierce still loves Boston.

Here’s hoping his restaurant will be more Ray Bourque [5]‘s Tresca [6] than David Ortiz [7]‘s Big Papi’s Grille [8]. Either way, Pierce better get the 2008 Celtics [9] together to recreate the Scotch ‘n Sirloin commercial from 1986.