Rajon Rondo Rips Isaiah Thomas’ Celtics Tenure: “What Has He Done?”

Bryan Brandom
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Five years after their last season as Boston Celtics teammates, Rajon Rondo is still sticking up for Paul Pierce. Even if it means denigrating the career of another Celtics fan favorite.

Isaiah Thomas, injured, couldn’t participate in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first game in Boston since the Celtics had traded him for Kyrie Irving. So he asked that the team postpone a planned video tribute until he could actually take the court and he’d have friends and family in the house.

The Celtics obliged—apparently before realizing Cleveland’s next visit falls on the night Paul Pierce is having his jersey retired, February 11.

Pierce, who spent the first 15 seasons of his career with Boston and won a championship with Rondo in 2008, wasn’t having it, and told Celtics general manager Danny Ainge as much.

“(Thomas) had a shot to be honored,” Pierce told ESPN. “You came to Boston. Whether you are playing or not, you should have had your tribute then. I just don’t see how, if someone is having a jersey retirement, they’re going to be running other tributes for other players.

“Danny tried to sell me on it, but I told him, ‘He had a shot, Danny, and he punked you on it. He pretty much dictated everything.’ They let it happen because they felt sorry how (the trade to Cleveland) went down. It’s guilt. That’s what it is.”

In a statement tweeted out on Tuesday night, Thomas indicated the team should hold off on the video tribute and keep the focus on Pierce.

Still, Rondo, now of the New Orleans Pelicans, felt the need to downplay the two and a half seasons Thomas spent in Boston.

Yeah, Phoenix Suns. You suck. No disrespect.