Isaiah Thomas Requests Not To Have Tribute On Paul Pierce’s Retirement Day

Isaiah Thomas no longer will receive a tribute video when he comes to TD Garden on Feb. 11.

The game next month between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers was slated to feature a tribute video for Thomas, but it also marks the celebration of former Celtic Paul Pierce, who will have his number retired before the game.

The timing caused a slew of controversy, with Pierce and other NBA players alike voicing their displeasure with the Celtics legend having to share his night with Thomas.

So, Thomas tweeted Tuesday evening that he doesn’t want it altogether.

Even ahead of Tuesday’s game between the Celtics and New Orleans Pelicans, former teammates of Pierce’s, Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen, bashed the idea.

The Cavs’ last visit to the Garden this regular season will be Feb. 11, which was the rationale behind the timing. So presumably, Thomas won’t get a tribute at the Garden unless the Celtics elect to give him one next season, or during the playoffs if these teams are matched up.

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