The 40-year-old - who won an National Basketball Association championship with Boston in 2008 - said he was recently present at Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony at Staples Center and he liked the way the Los Angeles Lakers played his highlights during time-outs.
The Boston Celtics will graciously grant Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas' request to postpone his video tribute for the next meeting in Boston between the two teams on February 11 in order for his family to be in attendance. Pierce responded to the idea of a dual tribute on Thursday's episode of "The Jump" on ESPN, and he didn't seem too happy about it. And Thomas, who made his emotional debut for Cleveland on Tuesday, says he doesn't want the C's to play a tribute video Wednesday night, both because he won't be playing and also because his family won't be in attendance.
Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, who was not in the lineup of last night's Cavaliers-Celtics game at TD Garden, formally requested that the Celtics put his video tribute on hold, and wait until the Cavaliers return to town on February 11.
While some Celtics fans may disagree, the fact that Thomas will be remembered for a few minutes during the night of Pierce's jersey retirement ceremony shouldn't be such a big deal. "I just wanted my family to be here to see it". I wanted to be able to play. And when my representatives reached out to these guys, [the Celtics] were all for 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". "I would be honored". "And my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here". "And Isaiah deserves it, in our minds".