Thomas said he didn’t think he would infringe on Pierce’s night with an in-game tribute.
Pierce said Thursday that he would prefer the Celtics not run their planned in-game tribute video for Thomas’ on-court return Feb. 11, the same night the Celtics will send Pierce’s jersey to the rafters following a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Celtics had planned to run a tribute video for Thomas when the Cavaliers visited the Garden on Wednesday, but Thomas, who sat out the game after returning to action for the first time in seven months on Tuesday night, asked if the team would wait until February so he could be on the court and bring his family to Boston for the moment.
Pierce did playfully offer one compromise for how the Celtics could run a Thomas tribute video that night: “You could Instagram it.”
“I’m not saying Isaiah shouldn’t get a tribute video … 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 said Thursday during an appearance on ’s The Jump.