The Boston Celtics were planning to show a tribute video for Thomas before the game against the Cavs, but the point guard declined the offer after recent controversy:
Isaiah Thomas @isaiahthomas
I'd like to thank the Celtics for their gracious offer to play a video tribute on Feb 11th celebrating my 3yrs in Boston. But since it appears this has caused some controversy w/ Paul Pierce's night I'd ask the Celtics instead to focus all of their attention on #34's career.
The Celtics are set to honor Paul Pierce that same night, retiring his No. 34 jersey, and the star said he didn't want to share the stage.
Pierce spent 15 of his 19 seasons in the NBA with the Celtics, earning 10 All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections in this stretch. He helped the team bring home the 2008 NBA title while earning Finals MVP in the process.
About two weeks after that announcement, the Celtics traded Thomas in a package that brought back Kyrie Irving. While the move appears to have worked to this point, it also removed a beloved player who had earned back-to-back All-Star appearances in Boston.
Thomas finished last year ranked third in the NBA with 28.9 points per game before leading the squad to the Eastern Conference Finals.
While his effort deserves a tribute video upon his return to TD Garden, the Celtics decided not to show it on Jan. 3 when these teams faced each other since Thomas was not in the lineup due to his hip injury. General manager Danny Ainge announced it would be postponed to their next matchup, which will be the last time the Cavs face the Celtics during the regular season.
Unfortunately, it now appears one team legend will overshadow a former star.