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.
But that clash with Cleveland will also coincide with the jersey retirement of one of Boston's greatest ever players; Paul Pierce.
"I enjoyed watching that (Kobe's tribute videos) throughout the game", Pierce said.
Earlier this week, Isaiah Thomas returned to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fox Sports' Nick Wright took the eventual Hall Of Famer to task for this, highlighting that Thomas' last season in Celtics green was better than any individual season that Pierce had.
Pierce is first in Celtics history in free throws, three-pointers and steals, among other categories, and he is second to John Havlicek in points.
For his part, Thomas said his tribute "ain't the whole night" and that he "would be honored" to have the Celtics celebrate his achievements. Presumably, Pierce thinks mixing in a tribute to Thomas would mess things up a bit. "I just wanted my family to be here to see it". I wanted to be able to play. This despite Paul Pierce's jersey retirement ceremony set to be held on the same night. He played 15 years here.
Pierce was drafted 10th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft and spent 15 seasons with the Celtics. I know people. I don't know why they're so mad about it. "I would be honored".
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. And Paul understands that, everybody understands that. It'll be a great moment. "Isaiah deserves it", Ainge said.
"We all love Isaiah and are grateful for him and all that he's done for us as well", Ainge continued. "Come Feb. 11 you might have to wait 'til next year".