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

Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier

The problem for the Celtics is they don't play the Cavs at home again until February 11, which is when they're going to retire Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey.

"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.

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.

But whether he was due to play or not, the C's were planning to honor their former star with a video tribute on the night but made a decision to scrap it at his personal request.

"I'm not saying Isaiah shouldn't get a tribute video". After all the years I put in. Over 15 seasons with the Celtics, Pierce was named an all-star 10 times and helped Boston win the 2007-08 National Basketball Association title, for which he was named Finals MVP, as well as reach the 2010 Finals. "I'm not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night".

Paul Pierce wants the night of his jersey retirement to be all about him.

"That's Pierce's night, but the video tribute aint the whole night", Thomas said.

"I don't know why they're so mad about it". "I think it won't interfere with Paul". It'll be a great moment.

"We all love Isaiah and are grateful for him and all that he's done for us as well", Ainge continued. "He hasn't made any demands; he just had one request, and we granted him that request". "Come Feb. 11 you might have to wait 'til next year". 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.

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