By: Shawn Palmer
If you were upset that the Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas, you are not alone. Of course we welcome Kyrie with open arms but losing Isaiah Thomas so abruptly is hard to process.
The Kyrie Irving trade completely threw me for a spin Tuesday night when I first heard of the deal possibly being close. When the deal actually came to fruition and was completed, I had no idea what to think. I knew we just acquired one of the best PG's in the league, and an overall top ten player. But when I heard we sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for him my heart sank.
Not having Isaiah Thomas in Celtics green doesn't feel right, and that goes beyond basketball. He came here as an underdog, and left Boston a champion of the people. No he didn't win a title here, but he put this city and team on his back and brought them as far as he mentally and physically could. Losing his little sister was such a tragedy. The fact that he could even put his shoes on was a miracle by itself. Let alone playing the way he did in the weeks that followed. Seeing him cry on the bench next to Avery Bradley was terrible to see and I'll never forget it. He could have quit but he didn't. He knew Chyna would want to him to play and that's exactly what he did. Dropping 53 points on her birthday is a game that will go down in History. Watching his post game interview after that game really put things into perspective.
Isaiah Thomas hurt his hip and unfortunately could not help the Celtics in their rough series against the Cavaliers. Now, he is on unimaginably on the other side of the fire. He will be lacing up next to LeBron James. Jae Crowder, the future Celtics killer will also be suiting up in that maroon and gold. Isaiah Thomas deserved to be part of this 2017-2018 team after being a force in recruiting Hayward and Horford. At the end of the day it's a business and he felt the cruelest part of it.
Isaiah Thomas, we will forever be grateful for what you did for us. You took a team that had no pulse and brought it life. You took a lost team and gave it direction. You will always be a Celtic in my eyes, no matter what jersey you have on.
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