Tensions are still high between Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics. Not so much the team or the fans, but with general manager Danny Ainge.
IT4 is still salty over that trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially after the season they had and how he helped turn the culture around in Boston. When he arrived in the city, the C’s were almost looking for a rebuild period, but Thomas singlehandedly took the team to the playoffs and willed them to victory. Enough that they even locked up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.
That trade was a slap in the face for what he meant to the team.
“Boston is going to be all love. I might not ever talk to Danny again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. 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.
“None of it made any sense. It still doesn’t make any 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 also mentioned in his SI article that he helped recruit Gordon Hayward to Boston and he was excited to build something great there. They went from the lottery to the Eastern Conference finals and they were only a series away from the NBA Finals and possibly competing for rings in the years to come.
Now he has to do that in Cleveland with LeBron James (for the short term).
You can read the entire interview over at Sports Illustrated.