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Isaiah Thomas has admitted he was upset when the Boston Celtics traded him as part of a package to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.
But as he told Sports Illustrated this week, being able to play with LeBron James can ease some of that anger.
“I get to be with the best player in the world now,” Thomas told SI. “I’ll only have one guy on me. All the double and triple teams will be on 23.”
Still, that doesn’t take away the sting of Celtics general manager Danny Ainge trading him from a team that he had high hopes for this season. A team that he played through immense grief for when his sister died last postseason. A team with which he had his best season as a pro. A team that played in front of fans that chanted “MVP” for him last season.
Thomas won’t be playing when Cleveland hosts the Celtics on opening night of Oct. 17 because he’ll be recovering from a hip injury. And he might not be playing on the first trip to Boston on Jan. 3.
But when he does meet up with the Celtics again, it’s going to be all smiles. Well, for the most part.
“Boston is going to be all love,” Thomas told SI, with one caveat. “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.”
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