Maral Cavner maintains a strong love for animals and is a founding board member of the Route 66 animal rescue group. A former varsity tennis and soccer player, Maral Cavner also is an avid Boston Celtics fan.
Selected 10th overall in the 1998 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft, Inglewood, California, native Paul Pierce has established himself as one of basketball’s all-time leading scorers and as one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history. Pierce played his first 15 seasons in the league as a member of the Celtics, during which time he appeared in 10 All Star games. During 2005-2006 season, Pierce averaged nearly 27 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He averaged at least 20 points per game from 2000 through 2009.
Despite Pierce’s stellar individual play, the Celtics franchise struggled to make an impact in the post season. Following the 2007-2008 campaign, however, the Celtics entered the playoffs as the top seed. Pierce averaged close to 20 points and shot 36 percent from three-point territory during Boston’s run to the NBA Finals. He played an instrumental role in Boston’s 4-2 series victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and was named NBA Finals MVP.