Isaiah Thomas reacts to drama surrounding Celtics’ tribute video
The Boston Celtics confirmed earlier this week the organization will pay a video tribute to Isaiah Thomas when the Cleveland Cavaliers return to TD Garden on Feb. 11. Although another significant event scheduled to occur on the same night has caused some controversy and consternation.
The Celtics on that same night also will be retiring Paul Pierce’s jersey. And Pierce has come out and said he’s not happy about sharing the spotlight.
“I’m not saying Isaiah shouldn’t get a tribute video … but on Feb. 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I’m not sure I want to look up at the JumboTron and see Isaiah highlights,” Pierce said Thursday, via ESPN.
Thomas specifically requested the Celtics not show a tribute video when the Cavaliers paid a visit to TD Garden earlier this week as he sat out the game due to it being a back-to-back.
Thomas on Friday reacted to the recent developments and Pierce’s unhappiness.
“That’s Pierce’s night. But the video tribute ain’t the whole night,” Thomas said, via NBC Sports Boston, as transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk. “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 was going to give me on that night.
“And when my representatives reached out to these guys, they were all for it. They agreed on it. I know people. I don’t know why they’re so mad about it. I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He did 15 years here, so there’s nothing that I can take from him. But if they choose to do it that night, that would be great, and I would be honored, and my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here.”
Thomas and Pierce both have valid points about the situation. Odds are the Celtics will be able to pull both events off seamlessly, leaving Thomas honored and Pierce not feeling snubbed.