When I sit and think of Boston sports and iconic people/events in my lifetime, many events and people come up. Curt Schilling and the bloody sock. Tom Brady and his five super bowls plus coming back from 28-3. David Ortiz and his clutch bat in the postseason for the Red Sox. Greg Campbell finishing a shift on a broken leg then skating off. All of these events add to the story of Boston sports folklore that will be passed down for generations.
You can now add one more name to that list. Isaiah Thomas.
All was good for Isaiah Thomas entering the playoffs. He came of a career season averaging 28.9ppg and about 6 assists per game as well. But then everything came to a screeching halt when he received news that his younger sister, Chyna, had died in an accident. Imagine getting a call or text or anything saying your younger sister had died or any family member. You know how many people would call off work and take time away from everything respectably so? I know I would. But nah. Not Isaiah Thomas. Not IT4. Not the heart and soul of the Boston Celtics. Isaiah Thomas came out and played.
What he showed the Celtics organization, the fans, and the city of Boston was that he cared. He cares so much about this city, organization, the fans and winning that a death in the family couldn’t keep him off the court. Not to mention he scored 33 points with 6 assists that night and added 20 points in game 2. For that, I as a fan, am forever grateful and thankful to call Isaiah Thomas a Boston Celtic. His heart is bigger than his stature.
Isaiah Thomas is the epitome of what it means to be a Bostonian. With what he did, Isaiah Thomas has now and forever etched his name as a Boston Legend.