When trades happen in sports, a lot of rumors can come out about what may or may not have really happened, and that’s exactly the situation that arose once the Boston Celtics traded point guard Isaiah Thomas.
After moving Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first-round draft pick for Cleveland Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving, a rumor came out about Thomas’ time with the Celtics. Chris Broussard of FS1 reported that “a lot” of players in Boston “weren’t really that fond” of Thomas.
As Broussard stated:
I spoke to several executives or texted with several executives last night, and a lot of them were saying that a lot of the players in Boston really weren’t that fond of Isaiah. We know he had those problems in Sacramento and in Phoenix. I didn’t know he was having those issues — according to these executives — in Boston.
He is known as a headstrong guy. He’s got a huge ego. They he’s got the Napoleon Complex. He always has that chip on his shoulder.
As you can imagine, there was a ton of backlash, and Broussard even took to Twitter in order to defend his report.
But from that point, the plot really thickened. Players who played with Thomas, as well as coaches, took to Twitter in order to defend the former Celtics point guard.
And then Evan Turner spoke with Jared Weiss of Celtics Blog completely denying the rumors.
“I met IT in high school, we always been tight,” Turner told CelticsBlog after the trade. “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.”
“It’s funny that that was ever mentioned. I never heard anyone in any part of life say anything bad about him! Especially as a teammate. He was always there working his [expletive] off before and after practice. That little dude worked! Can’t say anything bad about him.”
Based on the responses, it’s hard not to buy into what his old teammates are saying. That’s definitely not to say that there weren’t a few teammates along the way who didn’t like Thomas, that’s really just the nature of the beast. But still, Thomas’ teammates stood up to have his back, and it seems that he’ll certainly be missed in Boston.