Boston Celtics all-time great Bill Russell is weighing in on perhaps the strangest controversy involving the team in recent memory. The 11-time champion commented on Thursday about Paul Pierce’s objections to Isaiah Thomas getting a video tribute from the Celtics on the night of Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony. Responding to a segment discussing the matter on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” show on TNT, Russell defended Pierce, tweeting that the 2008 Finals MVP handled it better than he would have. Pierce will be getting his jersey retired by the Celtics on Feb. 11 during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.