For his part, Thomas said he understands that February 11 would be Pierce's night, but he didn't see the harm in having a moment set aside so the Celtics could note his contributions, which included setting team records for scoring average and player efficiency rating while nearly always being the smallest player on the court.
Thomas, who played for the Celtics for three seasons, is now on the Cavaliers roster but did not play Wednesday in Cleveland's 14-point loss in Boston. Although he asked for no tribute to be played during that game, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters. The Celtics went on to win 102-88. After all the years I put in ... hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me. At 25-13, Cleveland is now sitting in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games back of the 31-10 Celtics. Fox Sports' Nick Wright took the eventual Hall Of Famer to task for this, highlighting that Thomas' last season in Celtics green was better than any individual season that Pierce had. Gorman said he believes Thomas is overstating his place in franchise history, arguing that his two and half seasons in Boston pale in comparison to Pierce's 15. "I just wanted my family to be here to see it". And when my representatives reached out to these guys, [the Celtics] were all for it. I know people. I don't know why they're so mad about it.
Danny Ainge confirmed on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich Thursday morning that the Celtics will air their Isaiah Thomas tribute video on February 11 - the same day as Paul Pierce's jersey retirement ceremony. I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation of this city and this organization are gonna give me on that night.