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Paul Pierce not on board with Isaiah Thomas tribute video on Feb. 11

Ty Anderson
January 04, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, who was not in the lineup of last night’s Cavaliers-Celtics game at TD Garden, formally requested that the Celtics put his video tribute on hold, and wait until the Cavaliers return to town on Feb. 11.

The 28-year-old Thomas, who spent two and a half years with the Celtics, wants to not only be in the lineup and at full health when he’s tributed, but also wants his family to be in attendance so that they can see the ‘love and appreciation’ that Boston had for him.

The Celtics apparently have no problem with that, and have granted that request.

But that’s also the night that the Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34, and it doesn’t seem that Pierce is on board with the idea of sharing the spotlight with Isaiah.

“I’m not saying Isaiah shouldn’t get a tribute video,” Pierce, appearing on ESPN’s The Jump, began. “But on February 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I’m not sure I want to look up at the jumbotron and see Isaiah highlights, after all the years I've been there.”

Pierce, now an ESPN analyst, was in attendance for Kobe Bryant’s retirement ceremony with the Lakers, and is hoping for the same kind of all-night kind celebration Kobe got, with highlight packages shown on the jumbotron throughout the game.

"I enjoyed watching that throughout the game,” Pierce admitted. “Hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me. I’m not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night."

Thomas, for what it’s worth, was asked about this possibility before Wednesday’s game, and did not believe that he was infringing on Pierce’s night or moment.

“That’s Pierce’s night, but the video tribute aint the whole night,” Thomas said. “I just wanted my family to be here to see it. That’s what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play, and I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization will give me… I don’t know why people are so mad about it. I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He’s been here 15 years, there’s nothing I can take from him.”

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