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How Paul Pierce's Celtics jersey retirement turned into a big, ugly mess

How Paul Pierce's Celtics jersey retirement turned into a big, ugly mess

I think it was petty, on Paul Pierce's part - I love Paul, this is my brother - because to me, there are gonna be all types of announcements in the 48 minutes of that game.

That's the same night Boston is retiring Paul Pierce's No. 34.

"(Thomas) had a shot to be honored", Pierce said.

Following the Pelicans' 116-113 overtime victory over the Celtics last night, Rondo didn't seem impressed with Isaiah's accomplishments during his three years in Boston.

Rondo was named an All-Star four times during his nine seasons with the Celtics.

The controversy surrounding Isaiah Thomas' tribute video in Boston reached a new level this week. Rondo was the starting point guard of the 2008 National Basketball Association champion Celtics that added a 17th banner to the rafters of the TD Garden. He wanted to have the tribute on a night he could suit up with his family in attendance, and has said he did not initially believe the request would interfere with Pierce's night.

This drama still likely has some remaining chapters, as the Celtics have not responded publicly to Thomas' tweet and likely still want to follow through on their tribute.

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"Everybody's getting a tribute video now".

The Cavaliers guard had originally declined a tribute when the Cavs visited on January 3, instead wanting to be honored on a night when he was actually playing and had his family present. Now, I'm not saying Isaiah shouldn't get a tribute video. Hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me. "I'm not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night".

Shortly afterwords, everyone realized that the next time the Cavs would play the Celtics in Boston would be February 11, Pierce's jersey retirement game, which meant both IT and Pierce would be honored the same night.

"It was only going to be during that segment", Ainge explained to ESPN. "So big salute to my boy Paul Pierce".

Pierce also said that the Celtics' guilt over how the I.T.

Why Pierce can't allow 90 seconds in the pregame introductions for Thomas to get his props is beyond me.

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