The Celtics apparently have no problem with that, and have granted that request. As it turns out, the Celtics already had plans of retiring Paul Pierce's jersey on February 11, and it sounds like he doesn't want Thomas stealing his thunder.
As Pierce explained during Thursday's The Jump, it may be one tribute too many. "But, like, listen, on February 11th, the night I get my jersey retired, man, I'm not sure I want to look up at the JumboTron and see Isaiah highlights".
Pierce added that when Kobe Bryant had his jersey retired, the Lakers showed highlights throughout the game during timeouts, not just during the ceremony. Pierce is also third in games played, fourth in blocks and seventh in rebounds.
The Celtics may now be wishing they had denied Isaiah Thomas's request and honored the Cavaliers guard when he visited Boston on Wednesday, in his first game back at TD Garden since being traded to Cleveland in the offseason. "I'm not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night".
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Some, including Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman, are upset by the interference with Pierce's celebrations, as the retirement of No. 34 has been planned for months. "Everybody's getting a tribute video now". Like, I just wanted my family to be here to see it. That's what it came down to. And I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization was going to give me on that night.
"I don't know why [some people are] so mad about it". Judging from Paul Pierce's latest tweet, The Truth may end up setting someone on fire (metaphorically) in fewer than 280 characters.
Pierce was drafted 10th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft and spent 15 seasons with the Celtics. But if they choose to do it that night, that would be great and I would be honored.