The Celtics planned to give Isaiah Thomas a tribute video on Wednesday night in his return to the TD Garden, but the point guard politely declined the team's request once he knew he wouldn't be playing in the game. Celtics PR announced on Tuesday afternoon that the team will play the tribute video for him at a later date.
Thomas defended himself on Twitter Tuesday afternoon against those who criticized him for turning down the tribute Wednesday, stating his reasoning for the request.
Get over myself huh? Because I would like to actually PLAY & have my family in the arena to appreciate the LOVE the city/organization will show US? It ain’t about me it’s about my family... Ha you get over yourself you dumbass https://t.co/LiqeXUVTwD
The Cavs will make one more return to the TD Garden this year in the regular season on February 11th, the same day that Paul Pierce will have his number retired to the rafters after the game. The guess here is we'll see the Thomas tribute during that game or beforehand (if he's healthy).
Even though Thomas won't be suiting up on Wednesday night, plenty of former teammates are eager to see him back in action tonight in Cleveland and in the building on Wednesday night. Here are a few highlights of their remarks about the point guard from after Tuesday's practice.