For his part, Thomas said his tribute "ain't the whole night" and that he "would be honored" to have the Celtics celebrate his achievements. "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". So even when we're out there scrimmaging I can move around and do what I want, but I just don't have my powers yet. Though he will make his season debut Tuesday night, Thomas will not suit up Wednesday against the Celtics because he is not yet cleared to play in both legs of a back-to-back. 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. And when my representatives reached out to these guys, they were all for it. "My career skyrocketed here, and they gave me the biggest opportunity I've ever gotten, and I can't thank them enough". "And it might take some time but at the same time, the progress that I've made is all good and positive progress, and I'm excited about the opportunity to be able to get out there and compete".
"I.T. might have to wait until next year".
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters he plans on starting the two-time All-Star on Saturday against the Orlando Magic.
"I think Paul said it best: He's going to be the appetizer, the main course and the dessert".
"There's been a lot of great moments in Boston", said Thomas. We all love Isaiah and are grateful for him and all he's done for us as well. He didn't make any demands.More news: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: Packers hire Brian Gutekunst as new GM
Just when we thought this drama would end, it seems as though it's just ramping up again.
But in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich (as reported by CBS Boston), Celtics president Danny Ainge assures that the 90-second video tribute for Thomas won't take away from Pierce's big night.
Here's the problem - that's the night the Celtics will retire Pierce's number.
Thomas has slowly worked his way into game shape, scrimmaging first against the G-League Canton Charge and then with his teammates a few days ago. He just wanted his night to be special, with him in uniform and his family in attendance.