NBA insider says Isaiah Thomas was not liked by teammates
Fans in Boston may have loved the underdog story and attitude of point guard Isaiah Thomas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that his teammates in Boston loved him.
In fact, it was just the opposite according to one NBA insider.
“I will tell you this: I spoke to several executives or texted with several executives [Tuesday], and a lot of them were saying that a lot of the players in Boston really weren’t that fond of Isaiah,” Chris Broussard said on an appearance on FS1’s Undisputed. “We know he had those problems in Sacramento and in Phoenix. I didn’t know he was having those issues — before [talking to] these executives — in Boston.
“[Thomas] is known as a headstrong guy, he’s got a huge ego,” Broussard continued. “They say he’s got the Napoleon Complex, he always has that chip on his shoulder.”
It seems like quite the leap for Broussard to make, especially when two of Thomas’ former teammates, Evan Turner and Kelly Olynyk, both took to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the trade to express their confusion of Isaiah’s departure. Turner, now with the Blazers, said that Thomas “deserved better.” Olynyk, meanwhile, kept his thoughts simple, opting to post a skeptical-faced emoji pondering what was going on in Boston.
Celtics president Danny Ainge, meanwhile, seemed to have zero issues with Thomas’ character, even after the trade.
“Isaiah had just an amazing season this year and entertained us all—the whole city of Boston,” Ainge said in a conference call on Tuesday night. “And everybody fell in love with him. He’s such an underdog because of his size and his heart and his spirit in which he plays. And it was very challenging to make this decision.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog