Paul Pierce Doesn't Want Isaiah Thomas Tribute Video During Jersey Retirement

Joy Montgomery
January 7, 2018

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 ... 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", Pierce said.

Now with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thomas took some flak recently because he asked the Celtics not to play a video tribute for him during Wednesday night's game, since he wasn't playing.

The former Celtic has a point: while Thomas may statistically have a stronger case in a single season over Pierce, it shouldn't overshadow the consistent excellence that Pierce showed during his tenure in Boston.

Pierce is first in Celtics history in free throws, three-pointers and steals, among other categories, and he is second to John Havlicek in points.

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"I enjoyed watching that throughout the game", Pierce admitted.

For his part, Thomas said he understands that February 11 would be Pierce's night, but he didn't see the harm in having a moment set aside so the Celtics could note his contributions, which included setting team records for scoring average and player efficiency rating while nearly always being the smallest player on the court. "Everybody's getting a tribute video now". "That's what it came down to".

"And I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization is going to give me on that night". Judging from Paul Pierce's latest tweet, The Truth may end up setting someone on fire (metaphorically) in fewer than 280 characters. "He played 15 years here", Thomas added. After all the years I put in.

Unless there are people who will choose to think differently, Thomas' video should ultimately be a mere footnote on what will be a night devoted to one of the Celtics greats.

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