Not enough great things can be said about Paul Pierce and what he has meant to the Boston Celtics organization over the past 12 years.
The man, who few know is from the same Los Angeles neighborhood as rap legend Dr. Dre, stuck with his home city's basketball nemesis on the other coast through thick and thin.
And there was a lot of thin.
Prior to the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Pierce had spent nine seasons in Boston, and in just three of those seasons did the Celtics have a record above .500.
Not once did he ask for a trade.
Pierce's patience, commitment and loyalty paid off in 2008 when the Celtics won their first title since 1986. Pierce outplayed Kobe Bryant in the Finals, took home the MVP trophy, and later declared himself the best player in the league.
He also secured a spot for his jersey in the rafters alongside other Celtic greats.
Pierce isn't a free agent, but it is rumored he will opt out of the last year of his contract to renegotiate a new deal. Even though the chance of him leaving is slim to none, there is the possibility he could play elsewhere.
Don't bet on it.