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"I'm not sure I want to see an Isaiah video that night", he said.

The question is: When should he get one?

Isaiah Thomas received a standing ovation on Wednesday night as the Cavaliers made their first appearance of the season in Boston. And Thomas, who made his emotional debut for Cleveland on Tuesday, says he doesn't want the C's to play a tribute video Wednesday night, both because he won't be playing and also because his family won't be in attendance. Well, Stephen A. Smith sure thinks so. He doesn't have time for an Isaiah Thomas tribute video.

But alas, this is the National Basketball Association, where free agency decisions are broadcast as made-for-TV movies. Gorman said he believes Thomas is overstating his place in franchise history, arguing that his two and half seasons in Boston pale in comparison to Pierce's 15. I wanted to be able to play, and I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation this city and this organization was going to give me on that night. I'm not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. After all the years I put in. "But if they choose to do it that night, that would be great, and I will be honored, and my family and friends can see how much they appreciated me here". "I thought that was pretty amusing", Ainge told the "Toucher and Rich" show (via ESPN).

"It won't interfere with Paul". And Paul understands that, everybody understands that.

Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving knock the ball away from Le Bron James
Credit Matt Stone Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving knock the ball away from Le Bron James

During a radio interview on Thursday, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said he didn't see any problem with a brief tribute to their former guard and confirmed that they still plan to run with it.

"We all love Isaiah and are grateful for him and all that he's done for us as well", Ainge continued.

"I.T. might have to wait until next year".

The team initially planned to run the video during the Cavaliers game on January 3, but held off at Thomas's request.