Celtic-turned-Cavalier guard Isaiah Thomas, a (somewhat) healthy scratch for Wednesday’s game, did not want to see a video tribute acknowledging his accomplishments in Boston make its way to the TD Garden jumbotron tonight.
There’s a few seemingly simple reasons for that. One: Thomas wants to be in the lineup and playing meaningful minutes when they do that, which he is not, as this is the second leg of a back-to-back and Thomas is just one game into what was an eight-month recovery (playing 19 minutes off the bench in Tuesday’s win). Two: He wants his family, including his sons that fell in love with Boston and were just as devastated as Isaiah when the trade went down, to be in attendance.
“There was no way I was going to come back against Boston and play 17 minutes,” admitted Thomas. “It’s too big of an opportunity to just play against my former teammates, my former coaches, the city that gave me my biggest opportunity.”
With all that in mind, and with the Celtics clearly wanting to do something for the player that put them back on the map (and helped recruit two thirds of their Big Three to Boston), the easy solution is to simply air it when the Cavs return on Feb. 11.
But the ‘problem’ with that idea is that it’s the same day that the Celtics will raise Paul Pierce’s No. 34 to the rafters and basically tribute the entire night to all things Pierce.
“That’s Pierce’s night, but the video tribute aint the whole night,” Thomas acknowledged when asked about the next chance at a tribute. “I just wanted my family to be here to see it. That’s what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play, and I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization will give me.
“My people reached out to [the Celtics]. They were all for it, and they agreed on it. I don’t know why people are so mad about it. I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He’s been here 15 years, there’s nothing I can take from him.”
Except 60 by all means inconsequential seconds of Garden jumbotron airtime.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog