The Boston Celtics didn't air a video tribune to Isaiah Thomas-at the point guard's behest-during Wednesday's 102-88 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they may have a mess on their hands as a result.
The Celtics had originally prepared a video package in honor of Thomas, but he requested that they save it for a later date when his family will be in attendance and he'll actually be able to play.
But that clash with Cleveland will also coincide with the jersey retirement of one of Boston's greatest ever players; Paul Pierce. Although he asked for no tribute to be played during that game, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters.
Here's the problem - that's the night the Celtics will retire Pierce's number.
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"That's Pierce's night, but the video tribute aint the whole night", Thomas said. Like, I just wanted my family to be here to see it.
Before Pierce made his comments Thursday, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said he thought the former player nicknamed "The Truth" would have no issue with Thomas getting a February 11 video tribute. That's what it came down to. And when my representatives reached out to these guys, they were all for it. I don't know why people are so mad about it.
Thomas has said it is up to the Celtics to decide whether they want to honor him during the February 11 game.
"I.T. might have to wait 'til next year", Pierce added on ESPN's The Jump. "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". Judging from Paul Pierce's latest tweet, The Truth may end up setting someone on fire (metaphorically) in fewer than 280 characters.