Why Stephen A. Smith Believes Isaiah Thomas Should 'Want' Celtics Tribute

Jan 07, 2018, 08:55
Why Stephen A. Smith Believes Isaiah Thomas Should 'Want' Celtics Tribute

"I had a chance to watch Kobe's, and throughout the game, the timeouts, it was a lot of tribute videos for him, and I enjoyed to watch that throughout the game".

The question is: When should he get one?

The potential problem for the Celtics is that, after February 11, Thomas's Cavs won't make another trip to Boston this season, except possibly in the playoffs, when a tribute to an opposing player could feel even more out of place.

Paul Pierce wants the night of his jersey retirement to be all about him.

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. Well, Stephen A. Smith sure thinks so.

Thomas kindly asked the Celtics to feature the video the next time he visits TD Garden so he can be on the floor and with his family present.

But alas, this is the National Basketball Association, where free agency decisions are broadcast as made-for-TV movies.

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 wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization was going to give me on that night", he said. "He's been here 15 years, there's nothing I can take from him". "But if they choose to do it that night, that would be great, and I will be honored, and my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here".

"It won't interfere with Paul". It'll be a great game and a great moment. "Isaiah deserves it", Ainge said.

"I.T. might have to wait till next year", Pierce subsequently said with a smile on ESPN.

The team initially planned to run the video during the Cavaliers game on January 3, but held off at Thomas's request.

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