Isaiah Thomas no longer will receive a tribute video when he returns to TD Garden on Feb. 11, but there are plenty of valid reasons why he should.
New Orleans Pelicans point guard and former Boston Celtics star Rajon Rondo doesn’t want to hear them, though.
Rondo, as well as fellow Celtic-turned-Pelican Tony Allen, expressed their displeasure with the idea of Thomas’ tribute video — which would overlap with Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony — before Tuesday’s game against the Celtics.
After New Orleans’ 116-113 overtime win, Rondo doubled down.
Those are harsh words, but he does have a valid point.
The 31-year-old received his own tribute video when he returned to the Garden as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in 2015.
Allen also stood by his original take after the game.
The Celtics may find a way to recognize Thomas at some point outside of just showing him on the video board. But by turning down the team’s offer when the Cleveland Cavaliers visited Boston earlier in January, he may inadvertently have turned the page on a possible tribute.
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