Rajon Rondo irked by Celtics' plans to honor Isaiah Thomas
03:50, Jan 18, 2018
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Isaiah Thomas has conceded to Paul Pierce's insistence that a videotribute to the former Celtic, traded last summer to acquire Kyrie Irving, not be shown when Boston retires the future Hall of Famer's No. 34 on February 11. While Paul Pierce said he didn't want Thomas' tribute video to run on the night his jersey number was to be retired, Rondo took it a step further. Whether you are playing or not, you should have had your tribute then.
Paul Pierce celebrates with Celtics fans after a Boston victory at the TD Garden during the 2012 National Basketball Association playoffs.
"Danny (Ainge) tried to sell me on it, but I told him, 'He had a shot, Danny, and he punked you on it".
Ainge had previously said he didn't think having a short pre-game video would take away from a night that would otherwise be devoted to honoring Pierce, even as some have questioned whether Thomas's accomplishments even merited such an honor. Rondo asked ( per the Worcester Telegram & Gazette ).
Five years after their last season as Boston Celtics teammates, Rajon Rondo is still sticking up for Paul Pierce. This isn't the Phoenix Suns, no disrespect to any other organization, but you don't hang conference titles.
An Eastern Conference finals rematch on the court, interspersed with tributes to a Celtics legend.
Pierce made it known earlier this month that he would rather Thomas not be feted on his special day. What do we hang here?
Pierce also said that the Celtics' guilt over how the I.T. Paul Pierce put in big work, man.
A few days after the Celtics announced they would be retiring Pierce's jersey, they swung a blockbuster deal to send Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. "He put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in this organization, man, and capitalized and had some good results". Turned around and won a championship [the next season].
Ainge explained that IT always meant to make this choice after learning of Pierce's feelings towards it and he says it wasn't their intention to rain on his parade.
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