A lot of people's birthdays happen that time.
Still, Rondo, now of the New Orleans Pelicans, felt the need to downplay the two and a half seasons Thomas spent in Boston. And because the game was on the second night of a back-to-back, Thomas was ruled out. Since then it has been Pierce's feelings that had the Celtics concerned.
This drama still likely has some remaining chapters, as the Celtics have not responded publicly to Thomas' tweet and likely still want to follow through on their tribute. When my representatives reached out to these guys, they were all for it, and they agreed on it.
Pierce wasn't cool with sharing the spotlight.
"Everybody's getting a tribute video now".
"This is the Boston Celtics".
"Danny and I talked about it for 40 minutes", Pierce explained to ESPN.
"Danny (Ainge) tried to sell me on it, but I told him, 'He had a shot, Danny, and he punked you on it".
"That's how we left it". But at the same time, if Pierce is in such a fit about it, and Celtics fans were coming after him for it, maybe the best thing to do would just be to let it go. The "elephant in the room" of a tribute video for Isaiah Thomas was the main topic discussed. You came to Boston.
The Cavaliers guard had originally declined a tribute when the Cavs visited on January 3, instead wanting to be honored on a night when he was actually playing and had his family present. "I just wanted my family to be here to see [my tribute] and that's what it came down to. It's guilt. That's what it is".
The former Celtics small forward will now get his wish as Isaiah has instructed his old team to scrap any plans to give him a video tribute.
"What has he done?"
Thomas, who was acquired by the Celtics after a trade with the Phoenix Suns back in 2015, was named a two-time All-Star in his three years with Boston and led the team to the first seed in the East last season alongside Al Horford.
The matter, now, has been settled.
The Celtics will be retiring Pierce's No. 34 jersey on February 11 alongside the uniform numbers of other franchise legends hanging from the TD Garden rafters.
That will be Pierce's night, and his night only.