Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas entered TD Garden as a visitor tonight, and admitted that he nearly walked into the wrong locker room.
But his first trip back to Boston is about what it was during his unforgettable two and a half year run in town.
“Love,” Thomas, who will not play in Wednesday’s head-to-head between the Celtics and Cavaliers, said of his expectations. “That’s all it was when I was here.
“I love this city. I love this organization. They’ve given me an opportunity to be who I always wanted to be, and I can’t thank them enough, so there’s no hard feelings to anybody in this city or in this organization. I’m glad I’m back. There’s genuine love.”
Finally off the shelf and back in action for the Cavaliers, with 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench on Tuesday night, Thomas admitted that he’s still kept in touch with his teammates and watched the franchise he helped put back on the NBA map with a close eye.
“I watch how them a lot,” Thomas admitted with a smile. “I like how they play. I love Brad Stevens. I love Marcus Smart even though he flops all the time. I love Terry Rozier. I love the coaching staff. Like I said, there’s no hard feelings.
“My only hard feelings is Danny [Ainge] didn’t send me a Christmas card this year.”
It was a comment that drew a chuckle from the media, and came with a smirk from a clearly playful Thomas, but opened a real door that required a follow-up.
Has Thomas, who did not hold back when talking about his apparent disdain for Ainge before the start of the season, let go of his resentment for the C’s president?
“Have I forgiven Danny? He texted me last night, so yeah, we’re good,” said Thomas.
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