The Boston Celtics have been planning a video tribute to Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas during his return to Boston on Feb. 11 to honor his time as an All-Star while wearing a Boston jersey.
The tribute was originally scheduled for a January Boston-Cleveland matchup, but Thomas asked the Celtics to save the tribute for the February game because he didn’t play in the January game, and he wanted his family to be present for the tribute.
That Feb. 11 matchup also happens to be the night that the Celtics are retiring future Hall of Famer Paul Pierce’s jersey. In an NBA world that often resembles a high school cafeteria more than a league filled with grown men, this of course caused drama.
Pierce was not game to share his spotlight moment with a lesser former Celtic and even had the temerity to actually ask for the Kobe Bryant treatment in response to the planned Thomas tribute.