LeBron James Orchestrated A Complete Torching Of The Celtics On Paul Pierce Night, As If That Weren't Inevitable
On the bright side, at least Isaiah Thomas wasn't there to muck up the immortalization of a franchise figurehead with the lingering awkwardness of an unplayed 30-second tribute video. In fact, if you ignore that they got completely bludgeoned at the hands of his long time nemesis, Boston really owes Cleveland a thank you for helping them avoid a fate that would have distracted from the honorary presence of Paul Pierce. It's a good thing everyone had their head in the right place when planning each and every detail for a much-anticipated ceremonial night, because it would have been a real shame if circumstances made for a dampening of the mood on such a special occasion. Imagine the Cavaliers weren't 72 hours removed from reconstructing the entirety of their roster in 45 minutes time? Even the idea that Isaiah Thomas was in the building for an event in which Paul Pierce was to be the sole focus might have had him looking a little something like this...
No, but seriously, if all arrangements were being made to appease the guest of honor then why in the hell was his biggest rival invited? Like, of all things that could tarnish a once in a lifetime celebration, the Celtics didn't consider that the pre-party to a retirement ceremony might potentially get crashed by an incentivized LeBron James?
As far as scheduling oversights are concerned, giving 'The King' the opportunity to come into Boston and solidify his grasp on the throne when a local legend was being fit for his eternal crown seems like an oddly unforgivable one. I guess I feel bad for Paul Pierce, but - considering this was marked on the calendar well before the Cavaliers roster needed a complete makeover - both he and the Celtics had to be to pretty damn cocky to be like "Yeah, lets stake our claim to the Eastern Conference before lifting #34 to rafters. What could go wrong?!". I don't want to say they got the drubbing they were asking for, but the only thing that makes for an even more inevitable disaster than giving LeBron James a reason to embarrass you is bringing your friend's crazy ex to his wedding as a plus-one. I appreciate the boldness of 'The Truth', but the hope that the Celtics were going to run his former rival out of their building before raising his jersey to the ceiling of it was nothing short of false.
Aside from that, congrats to Paul Pierce. He was well-deserving of the following moment, as well as the eternal company of Celtic greats...