BOSTON – The video tribute the Boston Celtics were planning for Isaiah Thomas scheduled for Feb. 11 -- the same day Boston will retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34 jersey -- will no longer be a two-for-one main event.
Thomas tweeted out earlier tonight that he was declining (for the second time) the Celtics’ offer of having a video tribute for him.
He turned down the initial offer because he wasn’t going to be able to play (he played his first game of the season the night before and had not been cleared to play in back-to-back games) and his family wasn’t going to be present.
The only other trip Cleveland was taking to Boston was Feb. 11, the day of Pierce’s jersey retirement.
Shortly after Thomas asked to have the tribute on Feb. 11 instead of the Jan. 3 matchup between Boston and Cleveland, Pierce made it known that he did not want to share his jersey retirement night with Thomas even though Thomas’ tribute would be before the game or during a time-out while Pierce’s retirement ceremony won’t be until after the game.
The video tribute drew criticism from all points, something Thomas tried to squash Tuesday night via social media.
On Twitter Thomas wrote the following:
“I'd like to thank the Celtics for their gracious offer to play a video tribute on Feb 11th celebrating my 3yrs in Boston. But since it appears this has caused some controversy w/ Paul Pierce's night I'd ask the Celtics instead to focus all of their attention on #34's career.”