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Isaiah Thomas concedes to Paul Pierce on video tribute

Isaiah Thomas concedes to Paul Pierce on video tribute

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. But another former Celtics star, Paul Pierce, is pulling the plug on the whole idea because he wants that night to be all about him.

The tribute was originally scheduled for a January Boston-Cleveland matchup, but Thomas asked the Celtics to save the tribute for the February game because he didn't play in the January game, and he wanted his family to be present for the tribute. Whether you are playing or not, you should have had your tribute then.

"I'd like to thank the Celtics for their gracious offer to play a video tribute on Feb 11th celebrating my 3yrs in Boston", he wrote on Twitter. After all the years I put in ... hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me. He pretty much dictated everything.' They let it happen because they felt sorry how [trading him to the Cavaliers] went down.

Isaiah Thomas has asked the Celtics to focus the night of Paul Pierce's jersey retirement exclusively on Pierce.

"What has he done?" asked Rondo, according to Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. "No disrespect to any other organization, but you don't hang conference titles". The Celtics are my team, and while I'm happy that he helped to turn the team around, I don't think he did enough in Boston to elicit a tribute video.

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An Eastern Conference finals rematch on the court, interspersed with tributes to a Celtics legend.

Either way, in Pierce's eye, it wasn't a good look for Thomas or the Celtics.

Thomas sent his tweets on the afternoon of the 16th, and later that night, the Celtics took on the New Orleans Pelicans and another former Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo. What do we hang here? But it's the wish of Paul Pierce that appears to have set this entire thing in motion. Paul Pierce put in big work, man. Turned around and won a championship.

In addition, ESPN's Chris Forsberg reports that an I.T. tribute won't come in playoffs if the two teams meet.