Perhaps nobody knows the Celtics franchise better than Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan.
He joined Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane on Early Edition to discuss the tributes during Sunday's Celtics-Nets game, where Paul Pierce ranks in Celtics history, and what will happen to No. 5 and No. 20.
"I thought that was unprecedented in a couple of ways. The number one way is that the Garnett tribute took place with two minutes left in the period. The game was going on. It was like every one was signing off on it, no one had a problem with it . . . then Pierce's takes place at the end of the period.
"The idea of saluting the visiting players . . . is new and different, and the way it transpired and played out and the reaction of those two guys I thought made it a very special evening."
The guys then discuss whether or not Ray Allen will or should get his number retired.
Ryan notes that Red Auerbach allows for that second tier of players to get their numbers retired.
Ryan also says that Allen may not make the cut, but he's not going to argue against it because he knows how important Allen was to the C's, and how great of a shooter he is in the NBA.