Wow, I just got finished reading This is For Boston in The Players' Tribune by Isaiah Thomas. Let me tell you, it is emotional. I don't think anyone fully understood how much Isaiah Thomas loved being a Boston Celtic.
He is constantly saying how it hurt, and still hurts that he would be traded away. He was caught off guard. Big time. That much is clear.
Thomas explains how he told his kids that "Dad got traded." He feels that their two reactions were very similar to his feelings. On one hand, he gets to go contend for a ring with the best player in the world, in LeBron James. On the other hand, he is leaving what was his home, Boston.
Isaiah Thomas also stated, "I don't think the Celtics got better with this trade." He got some heat on social media today. Now, if you saw that quote and did not read the article, I understand why you'd be upset. But I urge you to read the context. It was in the midst of a paragraph where he is explaining it is Danny's job as a business man to do trades that he thinks are best, not his own. He also explains how he understood the trade and that nothing in life is a true given.
My biggest takeaway is simply how much Isaiah Thomas would've done for this city. He would've gone to war for Boston. He would've bled for Boston... Oh wait, he already had. But that is my point. Though he had a fairly (comparably) short run here, he became a true Celtic. He embodied what that meant.
And for that I thank you, Isaiah.
Photo: (Players' Tribune)