The dawn break of 23rd August,2017 came with shocking news of Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas being traded to Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. Isaiah hasn’t said much about his trade and when Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated gave him an opportunity to speak about it, we realized the 28 year old had bottled in a lot of firecrackers.
Isaiah Thomas who became a victim of the circumstance knew nothing about it till it was done, blasted Boston Celtic General Manager, Danny Ainge in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins for the decision he believes they will call a ‘mistake’ later.
Isaiah Thomas was in action on the court during the Playoff on the day his sister died and played through an injury he is still in rehab for. “I might not ever talk to Danny again, that might not happen, I’ll talk to everyone else [at Boston]. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that bro, That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you, But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says ‘we made a mistake’ that’s what they’ll say too” he said in the interview on 11th October, 2017.
The point guard did not hold back on how disappointed he was when Danny Aingebroke the news to him through a phone call adding praises to him for all he did for the Celtics. “None of it made sense, It still doesn’t make sense. I’m still asking ‘what the hell happened?’ It’s a trade you make in NBA2K it’s not a trade you make in real life” he added.
Bringing to bare how the whole trade went about on Players’ Tribune, he pointed out that it was without his consent and the General Manager only gave him the information through a phone call which he had to quickly absorb and break the news to his two sons who will be affected by the move.
“But the truth is ,those first 2 reactions I got from my sons, that was all I needed. Everything about the trade, everything that I was feeling in my heart in those moments- they got down to only two things that mattered. “One as my oldest said it ‘LeBron James’ or put another way- I get to come over and join the best team in the east and try to win a Championship alongside the best basketball player in the world.
“And two, as my youngest said it ‘sad’ or put another way- man, mans, I am going to miss this city, man, I am going to miss being a Celtic, but yeah, I’ll just say it. That shit hurt, It hurts a lot, and I won’t lie, it still hurts” he lamented.