It's weird how sometimes you can feel bonded to someone that you've never met, ya know? We've mostly all seen Isaiah Thomas play, maybe even a few of us have had the chance to meet him or exchange 10 words with him. But it goes without saying that after this past summer -- after seeing what IT went through with the death of his sister, yet still lacing up his sneakers to hit the hardwood for the NBA Playoffs, we (at least I) felt connected to him.
As fans, we were there for him -- to support him, to grieve with him, and to lift him up through probably, at this point, the hardest moment of his life. Which is why it's even harder to see Isaiah Thomas go. IT felt like he could've been a lifelong Celtic after what went down this summer, and how he felt comforted by an entire city. But, unfortunately, management threw that away when they agreed to trade IT over to Cleveland (with others) for Kyrie Irving.
No doubt, Kyrie is a great player and will be a great addition to the C's -- but it won't be the same. We took to IT this summer like we took to Big Papi throughout the years. Welcome to Boston, Kyrie -- but IT, we wish it didn't go down like this.