Jalen Rose called out Paul Pierce for being “petty” with regards to his Boston Celtics tribute night fiasco. On ESPN’s NBA Countdown, Rose told Pierce that he was being “petty” for not wanting to share his Celtics tribute night with Isaiah Thomas who conceded to remain not a part of any tribute.
Pierce made it known that he wanted the spotlight when the Celtics retire his jersey on Feb. 11, 2018, to be completely on himself. After he made this known to Danny Ainge, Thomas, who will be in town with the Cleveland Cavaliers, graciously asked that his own tribute video not be played.
Now, Rose addressed this entire fiasco to Pierce’s face on ESPN’s NBA Countdown.
“I gotta say a word for you fam,” Rose said. “I think it was petty. There are going to be all types of announcements that happen during the 48 minutes of that game. All types. Including celebrating Isaiah Thomas could be one of them. It does not take away from your situation like Kobe’s was during the game because they’re doing yours postgame.”
Jalen Rose calls Paul Pierce “Petty” for his comments on the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas tribute 👀 pic.twitter.com/CfyYy8dLo0
— T/L Sports Media (@TLSportsMedia) January 18, 2018
Rose got his point across in a much kinder way than fans on Twitter did. Pierce responded by saying he knows that he is being petty and then tried to make a “but Kobe Bryant scored 81 points on you” joke. Thomas released a statement on Twitter to say that he would like the Celtics to hold off on showing his tribute video and focus solely on Pierce to avoid the “controversy.”
I’d like to thank the Celtics for their gracious offer to play a video tribute on Feb 11th celebrating my 3yrs in Boston. But since it appears this has caused some controversy w/ Paul Pierce’s night I’d ask the Celtics instead to focus all of their attention on #34’s career.
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) January 17, 2018
Here are some reactions on social media to Rose’s comment to Pierce about being “petty.”
hoooo boy @JalenRose calling Paul petty to his face 👀
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) January 18, 2018
When Jalen Rose called Paul pierce petty pic.twitter.com/LtSCIGS2h9
— Lboog (@ldog442002) January 18, 2018
PAUL PIERCE DROPPED AN 81 JOKE LMFAOOO
— Ry (@JustRyCole) January 18, 2018
Shoutout to Jalen Rose. He gave the Truth the truth 💯💯💯
— Arabambi (@mayoshonny) January 18, 2018
Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce “petty” to his face was amazing. Problem really is, Pierce shouldn’t be put in this position – petty or not.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) January 18, 2018
Paul Pierce, one of the greatest Celtics ever:
1) deserves to be celebrated as he sees fit.
2) handled this whole thing like a herb.
I can respect what he’s done as a player in Boston and still think he’s being corny.
— James Holas (@SnottieDrippen) January 18, 2018
Need some tech help: How do I make Jalen Rose calling Paul Pierce petty my ring tone?
— Radiated Boartrarian (@basquiatball) January 18, 2018
Bill Simmons seeing Paul Pierce and Jalen Rose beefing pic.twitter.com/dZPDWGfVFG
— Patrick Leary (@patrickkleary) January 18, 2018
Calling a member of the 2008 Celtics petty may be redundant when you look at the track record that the team has shown with other former teammates like Ray Allen. Ultimately, this seems like much ado about nothing, but respect trumps all reason in sports sometimes and this is just another example.
What did you think of Rose calling Pierce petty with regards to the Celtics tribute and Thomas? Do you agree with Rose or believe Pierce should have been given full attention? Let us know in the comments section.
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