Apparently, the NBA champion had something to say about IT getting his tribute video on the same day Boston will retire his No. 34 jersey this February 11.
“I’m not sure I want to look up at the Jumbotron and see Isaiah highlights after all the years I put in,” he said. Adding: “You know I had the chance to watch Kobe’s and throughout the game and timeouts, there were a lot of tribute videos for him and I enjoyed watching that throughout the game. Now hopefully, the Boston Celtics would do that for me.”
We can’t really blame Pierce. After all, he deserves to live in the moment with all eyes on him after his 2008 season with Boston saw another title added to the storied Celtics franchise.
But IT later clarified that he had no intention of stealing the spot from Pierce. He explained that his camp only requested that his tribute video be moved since he wanted his family to be there with him.
“I don’t know why they’re so mad about it. I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He did 15 years here so there’s nothing I can take from him. But if they choose to do it that night, that would be great and I would be honored. And my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here,” he said.
Boston initially wanted to run their tribute video for Thomas when the Celtics faced the Cleveland Cavaliers this week, but this was canceled to give way to IT’s request. Needless to say, Thomas still got a hero’s welcome from both the fans and his former teammates the moment he walked out the tunnel of the TD Garden since being traded during the offseason.