Chauncey Billups gives Paul Pierce grief over Isaiah Thomas situation

WATCH Celtics honor Isaiah Thomas in his return to Boston

WATCH Celtics honor Isaiah Thomas in his return to Boston

"This feels like home, so it's always good to be in the city of Boston and to be in TD Garden". He tweeted Sunday about hitting up an open gym after his team arrived to the city, and Terry Rozier, who was Thomas' teammate for two seasons and is celebrating his 25th birthday Sunday, invited him to the team's practice gym for some 1-on-1.

On Monday, the Celtics honored Thomas with a video, highlighting not only some of his plays miraculous plays but also his time spent in the community. "I'm not saying they don't now, but playing for the Celtics changed my whole career on and off the floor". "It'll make the story that much better".

You may recall that previous year Paul Pierce blocked Thomas from receiving a video tribute upon a trip to Boston because it would take some attention away from Pierce, who was being honored with his jersey retirement that day.

At some point during the 2016-17 campaign, Isaiah Thomas bought a special pair of green and gold sneakers.

When the video played it still wasn't clear whether Thomas would get into the game. "If you know the history between Isaiah and myself, I think that relationship had a lot to do with him choosing Denver, and coming to Denver to play". Even him getting into the game remained in question, as he had been phased out of Nuggets coach Michael Malone's eight-man rotation, having not gotten any minutes in Denver's last three games. "I know this game is, I believe, the first game he'll be back here with a chance to play since he left, and that's not lost on me". He had just battled through an injured hip and the death of his sister to lead Boston to the Eastern Conference finals before he was shut down because of the injury.

In the season-plus since the trade, Thomas said he doesn't hold any grudges about the decision, despite once vowing he might never talk to president basketball of operations Danny Ainge again. "I'm just waiting on a real opportunity to just showcase what I can do".

"This city is one of a kind and I've said it since I've been here", Thomas stated. Thomas said he knows he can still play at an All-Star and All-NBA level.

"But it's all about the opportunity". "I wish my family was here to see that".

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