Isaiah’s going to be a man on a mission when he comes back! You know he’s extremely bitter about being traded from Boston to Cleveland. He’s now going to have his chance to STICK IT TO ALL THE HATERS…AND OF COURSE THE CELTICS.
First….lets take a look at ESPN’s The Jump discussing whether Isaiah Thomas trolled “league sources” regarding his return to the Cavaliers.
Watch the video below:
Isaiah is rumored to be back any day now and he’s dying to hit the court!
Here’s a quick timeline of events that took place in the Thomas vs. Celtics Saga (approximate dates):
- Feb 19, 2015: Isaiah Thomas traded to Boston Celtics from Phoenix Suns.
- Jul 2, 2016: Isaiah Thomas helps recruit Al Horford to the Boston Celtics.
- Apr 12, 2017: Isaiah Thomas leads Boston to a 54-28 record and clinch #1 seed in Boston.
- Apr 15, 2017: Isaiah Thomas’ sister passes away and he uses this as motivation throughout Boston’s playoff run.
- May 12, 2017: Isaiah Thomas injuries hip during game 6 of the Celtics 2nd round match-up against the Washington Wizards.
- May 24, 2017: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminate the Boston Celtics from playoff contention.
- Jul 1, 2017: Isaiah Thomas goes on pitch with Celtics management and coaches to recruit Gordon Hayward to the team.
- Jul 4, 2017: Isaiah Thomas celebrates Gordon Hayward signing with Boston Celtics.
- Jul 21, 2017: Kyrie Irving demands trade from Cleveland.
- Jul 24, 2017: The Celtics are rumored to have interest in Kyrie Irving Trade.
- Aug 22, 2017: Boston Celtics trade away Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving. (with other moving pieces)
- Aug 25, 2017: Isaiah Thomas ‘hurt’ by Celtics trade.
- Aug 25, 2017: Celtics and Cavs trade held up due to inconsistency regarding how much everyone knew about Thomas’ hip.
- Aug 31, 2017: Celtics and Cavs finalize the trade and Thomas vows to be back at the ‘Same Player As Before.’
- and you know the rest…Celtics are playing great…The Cavs are right behind them and waiting IT’s return…but there’s more.
Lets not forget what happened after the trade and the stories that followed about Thomas and his injured hip weren’t the best to say the least….we started reading stories about Isaiah Thomas being washed up, to Isaiah being selfish, Isaiah trying to hold-up the trade intentionally…and of course there’s Twitter:
— NBA The Jump Fanpage (@NBATheJumpFP) October 11, 2017
What a sore loser! Big mouth and a quitter. Get over it dude. Concentrate on playing defense cuz you got exposed big time in the playoffs…
— Pablo Lee Smith (@d3jaybo6) October 4, 2017
Cleveland isn't a contender with bum ass broke hip Isaiah Thomas and jr isn't consistent smith
— Dabman_jones (@dabman_jones) September 27, 2017
I think the biggest loser in the Celtics-Cavs trade is no question Isaiah Thomas
— Patrick Henderson II (@PrimetimeP75) August 23, 2017
Isaiah Thomas acts like he got traded to a bum ass team, stop crying already bro.
— kim, (@everythingkim) October 11, 2017
— Colin Barkett (@Steelflex14) September 28, 2017
Isaiah Thomas thinks he's the second coming of Iverson but he's just a 5'8 ball centric PG whose a liability on Defense, and has a bum knee?
— Dav (@davinmasur5) October 12, 2017
That Isaiah Thomas is a bum!
— NhojNhojNhoj (@JohnnyRiingo) November 2, 2017
isaiah thomas a bum
— Aubrey⁶? (@ShakyWarriorAub) November 20, 2017
Isaiah Thomas is the real loser in this trade. He's gonna have to repeat 2016 or else people will be quick to question his health. Sucks. https://t.co/7udpUve3nk
— Bharath Ravindran (@baarthravindran) August 30, 2017
and of course there was this:
People actually burned Isaiah’s JERSEY…Incredible.
Bottom line, it’s clear that Boston made a great trade and it’s working out for them. But anyone that doesn’t think that IT is out for some Boston Celtics blood is delusional and honestly…Boston better be ready for a motivated and hurt Isaiah Thomas. And for the love of Basketball, all fans are hoping for something epic when Boston and Cleveland face-off for the Eastern Conference Crown (then most likely losing to Golden State but that’s besides the point).
Here’s an idea of what Boston better be ready for when IT comes back and teams up with LeBron:
- Isaiah averaged 25 points, 6 assists per game in his 3 seasons in Boston all while maintaining a 44% fg percentage, shooting 37% from the 3pt line and 89% fom the free throw line.
- Isaiah lead the Celtics to 3 straight playoff appearances.
- Isaiah feels betrayed by his team/family.
- Isaiah feels he helped bring the Celtics back to relevance then was cast-off by management.
- Isaiah feels he got a lot of undeserved negative press.
Take part in our poll below and let us know who will get the better of each other in 2018:
Who will ultimately get that 'WIN' at the end of the 2017-2018 season?
— PlayAction Radio✊? (@PlayactionRadio) December 18, 2017
Book of Isaiah Chapters:
Put these kids on the spot and they didn’t even flinch.#BookOfIsaiah2 T.j. Regan The Players' Tribune
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
When I say it hurt, man – It’s only because I fell in love with Boston. #BookOfIsaiah2 T.j. Regan The Players' Tribune
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
No matter what your dream is, or what you want to be when you grow up … you can be that. #BookOfIsaiah2 T.j. Regan The Players' Tribune
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Making progress every day. #ThatSLOWGrind #BookOfIsaiah2 T.j. Regan The Players' Tribune
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Thursday, November 30, 2017
At the end of the day, I’ll get the last laugh. #ThatSLOWGrind #BookOfIsaiah2 T.j. Regan The Players' Tribune
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Never far from the heart. Miss you like crazy lil sis. #BookOfIsaiah2
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Thursday, November 23, 2017
You brought it at this year’s Zeke-end! Thankful to bring the Tacoma community together every Memorial Day. #BookOfIsaiah
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Some throwback footage from the early days. ? #BookOfIsaiah2 T.j. Regan The Players' Tribune
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Keep going. Keep pushing. That's what my life has always been about. Full chapter: http://playerstribu.ne/2yJyL2Y #BookOfIsaiah2
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Saturday, November 18, 2017
The anticipation is over. #BookOfIsaiah2 drops on Thursday The Players' Tribune. #ThatSLOWGrind T.j. Regan
Posted by Isaiah Thomas on Tuesday, November 14, 2017