Danny Ainge on Thursday morning said Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce had no problem with the team giving Isaiah Thomas a video tribute on the same day the Celtics will retire Pierce’s jersey.
There’s an issue, though: Pierce refuted that claim Thursday afternoon during an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump.”
Thomas and his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, made their first trip of the season to Boston on Wednesday night, but Thomas asked the team to hold off on his video tribute until later in the season. Thomas made his Cavs debut Tuesday night after a seven-month recovery from a hip injury, and Cleveland held him out of the Boston game Wednesday.
The following morning, Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” he believed Pierce would “absolutely not” have any issues with the Celtics honoring Thomas when the Cavs return to Boston on Feb. 11, the same day the C’s will hang The Truth’s No. 34 in the rafters.
The Feb. 11 game is Cleveland’s final regular-season trip to Boston this year, so it appears the C’s could be in a bit of a bind here.
Check out the video below to see Pierce’s full comments on “The Jump,” which start around the 1:45 mark:
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