Isaiah Thomas on playing with LeBron: 'The court is more open'

  • Isaiah Thomas on playing with LeBron: 'The court is more open'

Isaiah Thomas on playing with LeBron: 'The court is more open'

So when the Celtics had a video tribute prepared for him on January 3, he requested they hold it until he was active and on the court.

But whether he was due to play or not, the C's were planning to honor their former star with a video tribute on the night but made a decision to scrap it at his personal request.

But that's also the night that the Celtics will retire Paul Pierce's No. 34, and it doesn't seem that Pierce is on board with the idea of sharing the spotlight with Isaiah. He did 15 years here, so there's nothing I can take from him. I had a chance to watch Kobe's, and throughout the games, the timeouts, there was a lot of tribute videos for him, and I enjoyed to watch that throughout the game. Isaiah, this was your night. "Come Feb. 11 you might have to wait 'til next year".

Isaiah Thomas endeared himself to Boston Celtics fans in the short time he was there, but he probably doesn't want to get into a competition with all-time Celtics legend Paul Pierce.

Despite all the noise he's made after leaving the team, Thomas is still deserving of his tribute, and Ainge did the right thing by granting Thomas' request. I always wanted to play in this game, but I thought I'd be back a little sooner to be able to play. On February 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I'm not sure I want to look up at the jumbotron and see Isaiah highlights.

Crowder, now 27 years of age, turned in just six points on 2-of-12 shooting in the Cavs' 102-88 loss to the Celtics. And I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization is going to give me on that night. "He texted me last night, so, yeah, we're good". "And my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here".

The Celtics will have a big decision to make on whether to postpone the tribute for Thomas and whether they should dedicate the entire night to Pierce.

During a radio interview on Thursday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said he didn't see any problem with a brief tribute to their former guard and confirmed that they still plan to run with it. "I thought that was pretty amusing", Ainge told the "Toucher and Rich" show (via ESPN). But I think that it won't interfere with Paul. And Paul understands that, everybody understands that. It'll be a great game, it'll be a great moment, and Isaiah deserves it in our minds. Obviously you can't compare the two, but Isaiah has been very gracious through this whole process.