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Paul Pierce doesn’t want Isaiah Thomas video tribute on his retirement day

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Just when you thought the Isaiah Thomas tribute video drama was over, the man of the hour chimed in on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking as a panelist on ESPN's The Jump, Paul Pierce gave his two cents on the situation after the Celtics honored the request of Thomas to postpone his video tribute from Wednesday night to Feb. 11, the next time the Cavs are in town. That's also the same afternoon Pierce will see his No. 34 raised to the rafters.

"I'm not saying Isaiah shouldn't get a tribute video," Pierce said. "But on Feb. 11, the night I get my jersey retired, I'm not sure I want to look up at the JumboTron and see Isaiah highlights."

Pierce also spoke about being at Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement ceremony earlier this season.

"You know, I had a chance to watch Kobe's (number retirement game) and throughout the game, the timeouts, there was a lot of tribute videos for him, and I enjoyed to watch that throughout the game," Pierce said. "Now, hopefully, the Boston Celtics will do that for me. I'm not sure if I want to see an Isaiah video that night."

Pierce's comments are a bit of a 180 from how he spoke about the situation last night on ESPN Countdown, when he indicated he had no problem with the Thomas tribute taking place on his night.

Danny Ainge apparently heard those remarks and thought Pierce would be good with the situation based on his interview with Toucher and Rich Thursday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub

"No, absolutely not," Ainge said when asked if an Isaiah tribute would interfere with Pierce's day. "I think Paul said it best. He's going to be the appetizer, the main course and the dessert. It won't interfere with Paul and Paul understands. It'll be a great game and a great moment."

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