Isaiah Thomas Receives Standing Ovation During Return To Boston


Although he didn't play in the game due to back-to-back restrictions, the crafty ball-handler received a nice ovation from the Celtics faithful inside TD Garden.

Prior to the Celtics' win over Cleveland Wednesday, Thomas spoke of the controversy that has arisen in the wake of his request to skip the video on a night when he wouldn't be playing and play it on the 11th. "Hopefully the Boston Celtics will do that for me". You play for a team, you get traded, you get a tribute video. Well, it's a bit more complicated.

But while it appears Ainge and Thomas don't think it's going to be that big of a deal, Paul Pierce isn't too happy that someone else will get recognized on the night they will retire his jersey.

Before Pierce made his comments Thursday, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge said he thought the former player nicknamed "The Truth" would have no issue with Thomas getting a February 11 video tribute.

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Thomas recently spoke with NBC Sports Boston to explain his side of the story.

"That's Pierce's night, but the video tribute aint the whole night", Thomas said. "I just wanted my family to be here to see it", Thomas said Wednesday (via the AP), after he watched his Cleveland Cavaliers lose in Boston, 102-88. That's what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play. And when my representatives reached out to these guys, [the Celtics] were all for it. They agreed on it. "I don't know why people are so mad about it - I'm not taking nothing from Paul Pierce".

"I.T. might have to wait 'til next year", Pierce added on ESPN's The Jump. I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation of this city and this organization are gonna give me on that night.

In Wright's defense, it really is hard to take much from Wednesday night's game, as the Cavs should look different once Isaiah Thomas - who sat out Wednesday - has been fully integrated into the offense.