By: Evan Singleton
I don't even know where to start. It feels like it was just yesterday, I was typing up my Isaiah Thomas: Pick Me Last Again article describing how Thomas has truly become a Celtic. Well, as we all now know, he is no longer on the Boston Celtics roster.
Isaiah Thomas has been my favorite player for years. He was one of my favorite players prior to coming to Boston. Then, the minute he got here, being "one of my favorite players" ended and he became my outright favorite current NBA player. How could he not? He joined my favorite team. It was a match made in heaven.
Anyone that knows me, knows how overly confident I am in Isaiah Thomas' ability to ball. At times I may sound ridiculous, but everyone has that one biased player in their mind, in their heart. For me, that has been Thomas. I had always come to his defense. I was the one saying he was incredible before it was a common conception.
Then something incredible happened. Other fans started to see how special this guy was. Other fans started to board the Isaiah Thomas is a superstar train. It was great. He deserved it. Finally.
Then Isaiah Thomas had one of the best seasons a member of the Boston Celtics ever has. He fought through injury and his sisters passing to lead a team to the Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Within the season, Thomas dropped 50+ point games multiple times, and continued to be the best player on the court late in games.
Again, Isaiah had become a Celtic. That is not something that comes very often. Prior to Isaiah, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were the true Celtics. It had been years since the city was able to get behind a man in green and let him lead them into battle.
This leader was 5'9" tall. Like many "regular people" out there. Like me, exactly 5'9" tall. He was relatable. He was one of us.
Now, he is gone. No longer here. No longer in green.
Isaiah Thomas, I cannot thank you enough for what you did to this city, for the impact you had on it. On me. You took a team that was teetering between being decent and plummeting, and lead them to the status of one of the best teams in the league. Again.
The 5'9" guy took an entire city and put it on his back.
He was one of the reasons Al Horford signed in Boston. He was one of the reasons Gordon Hayward signed in Boston. He was the true reason the Celtics are now a contender.
Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics were a perfect fit. The team needed a leader and a scorer, and Thomas needed an organization to give him a chance.
Isaiah Thomas has been my focal point when covering the Celtics. He provided me with excitement when writing about him. That will now be forced to fade.
I will sure as hell miss Isaiah moving forward. The Little Guy is no longer a on the Boston Celtics, but he'll always be a Celtic.