Pierce doesn't want Thomas video tribute on 'his night'
NBA.com Global on Jan 05, 2018 09:30 PM
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 5: Paul Pierce #34 of the LA Clippers kisses the leprechaun after the game against the Boston Celtics on February 5, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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When Paul Pierce gets his jersey retired in Boston next month, he's not interested in seeing any Isaiah Thomas tribute video being played.
On Thursday's episode of The Jump, Pierce made it known that after all he's done for the Celtics organization, he'd prefer that night be solely for him.
“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. After all the years I put in … hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me. I’m not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night"
A video tribute was originally set to be played on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) when Thomas returned to Boston, but the Cavaliers guard asked the team to hold off. Thomas didn't play in the game and his family wasn't in attendance.
Prior to Pierce's comments, Danny Ainge said the team will air the video tribute on February 11 (Feb. 12, PHL time) when the Cavaliers next play in Boston, per ESPN.
Danny Ainge said on @Toucherandrich that team will run Isaiah Thomas tribute video on Feb. 11 and doesn’t think it’ll take away anything from Paul Pierce’s night.— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) January 4, 2018
With Pierce's feeling of the matter now out there, it wouldn't be a shocker for the franchise to reverse course and save Thomas' tribute for another time.
"Come February 11, you might have to wait until next year,” Pierce said.