Isaiah Thomas’ ex-Celtics teammates push back against jersey burnings and smear campaign
Isaiah Thomas’ ex-Celtics teammates continue to stand up for him.
After the Celtics traded Thomas Tuesday, videos of fans burning the point guard’s jersey began popping up across social media. This makes no sense whatsoever, because it wasn’t Thomas’ choice to leave. Second-year forward Jaylen Brown, who played with Thomas last season, echoed those sentiments.
“This is pathetic,” Brown tweeted in response to the jersey burning article.
— theScore NBA (@theScoreNBA) August 23, 2017
LeBron James also sounded off against the jersey burning, calling the practice “ridiculous.”
On Wednesday, some players also pushed back against FS1’s Chris Broussard, who reported Thomas didn’t get along well with his teammates.
“This Preposterous!,” Kelly Olynyk tweeted.
Jared Sullinger called the report “lies lies and more lies!”
Evan Turner offered a more verbose defense of the All-Star. “I met IT in high school, we always been tight,” he told the CelticsBlog. “The kid has literally acted the same with me since I was 16. I just don’t see how that even comes out. I’ve never known him to be an (expletive) or disliked by anyone. He’s not arrogant or anything. Dude works his (expletive) off.”
The Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers Tuesday in exchange for Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick. Though Irving’s arrival is worth celebrating, there’s no reason to demean Thomas on his way out. WEEI’s John Tomase accurately called him the “single biggest figure” in this improbable Celtics renaissance. Without Thomas, the Celtics wouldn’t be on the verge of contending for a championship today.
He quickly propelled the franchise back to contention, making Boston a desirable free agent destination for Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. Thomas cemented his legend last postseason, too, scoring 53 points in an overtime Game 2 win over the Wizards just hours after dental surgery. In Game 1, one day after his sister’s death, he dropped 33 points.
Prior to tip-off of Game 1, Avery Bradley was seen consoling Thomas on the sidelines. Four months later, Thomas is getting slandered on his way out of town.
He deserves better, and his peers are letting everybody know.
An emotional scene in Boston as Isaiah Thomas will try to play in Game 1 vs. the Bulls pic.twitter.com/SwGSsYZjvN
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) April 16, 2017
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