Isaiah Thomas on tribute video: ‘I don’t know why they’re so mad about it. I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce’
Isaiah Thomas asked the Celtics not to show a tribute video for him Wednesday, when he visited Boston with the Cavaliers for the first time. Thomas, who starred for the Celtics the last couple seasons, wanted to wait until a game he was playing and with his family in attendance.
Fair enough. Except the only other time the Cavs play in Boston this season is Feb. 11, when the Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s number.
Pierce said he didn’t want to share his spotlight with Thomas, which was also fair. Though Pierce’s main ceremony is for after the game, teams frequently show highlights of and tributes to a player getting his number retired during stoppages. Using one for a Thomas video is one less opportunity to celebrate Pierce.
Thomas, via NBC Sports Boston:
The Celtics should have handled this behind the scenes (and perhaps they tried). Tell Thomas Feb. 11 was already filled with Pierce tributes, and maybe Thomas would have relented on showing his video a couple days ago. Ask Pierce beforehand about briefly sharing his night with Thomas, and maybe Pierce would have begrudgingly agreed.
Instead, two former Boston stars are engaged in this public back-and-forth over a relatively inconsequential – but quite sentimental – matter. It’s not a good look for anyone involved.