Fans Blast Paul Pierce for Refusing to Share Spotlight With Isaiah Thomas

Frederick Owens
January 18, 2018

After nine seasons with the Celtics, Rondo played for several teams, namely the Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, and now New Orleans.

On Thursday's ESPN NBA Countdown, Rose was asked about the mild controversy and addressed it with Pierce, another ESPN analyst, sitting at the same table.

When Isaiah Thomas made his first return to Boston earlier this month following his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics wanted to honour their former star with a video tribute.

Never one to soft-pedal an opinion, Pierce was vehement that he have the night all to himself.

Thomas spent only two and a half seasons with the Celtics, while Pierce played for them from the 1998 draft through the historically and hilariously lopsided trade between the Celtics and the Nets in 2013 and won an National Basketball Association title in 2008. All types. Including celebrating Isaiah Thomas could be one of them.

After much discussion, the Celtics chose to make February 11 only for Pierce, putting off Thomas' video tribute.

Either way, in Pierce's eye, it wasn't a good look for Thomas or the Celtics. Rondo received his Celtics tribute night in 2015. That's what it came down to. When my representatives reached out to these guys, they were all for it, and they agreed on it.

Pierce was open about not wanting to share the night with another player.

Told that Pierce has spoken out against the idea of a Thomas tribute during his own special night, Allen said, "Yeah, I'm with Pierce, man". "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".

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"Everybody's getting a tribute video now".

"Danny and I talked about it for 40 minutes", Pierce told Forsberg on Tuesday.

"Danny tried to sell me on it, but I told him, 'He had a shot, Danny, and he punked you on it".

"That's how we left it", said Pierce. Pierce said he'd like to have the same thing for him.

"(Thomas) had a shot to be honored", Pierce said. You came to Boston. You play for a team, you get traded, you get a tribute video. I just don't see how, if someone is having a jersey retirement, they're going to be running other tributes for other players. Hell no, you're damn right you're not sharing your night with him. "It's guilt. That's what it is". However, the point guard, who was sidelined for the game, asked the Celtics to reschedule the tribute for a game in which he could actually play and have his family in attendance. He noted his love for the Celtics fans, but said he wanted to focus to be on Pierce.

"What has he done?"

Thomas had spent three years with the Celtics, earning two All-Star appearances while leading the team to the Eastern Conference Finals last year.

The matter, now, has been settled.

Thomas' request to push back the tribute to that date caused some backlash because the Celtics had already planned to retire Paul Pierce's jersey on that night.

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