'Best Year of My Career, Worst Year of My Life'
points 20 hours ago
"I've been looking at this wall for
five hours," Celtics coach Brad Stevens texted Thomas after the trade, "trying
to figure out what to say to you." When Sacramento let Thomas walk in 2014, he
left town telling himself, "F--- Sacramento. I'm about to kill those dudes." When Phoenix exiled him the following winter, he pledged, "O.K., now they're
gonna get it." But there will be no revenge tour this time. "Boston is going to
be all love," he vows, with one exception. "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."
Well, this fucking hurts.
[–]Maverickstony_delk 1523 points
19 hours ago
Surprised no one has mentioned this
"No doubt about it, I should have
sat out the playoffs," he says. "No way around it, I made it worse."
[–]Kingsccupgirl 1297 points 19
Loved the story of IT asking the
neighbors to use their hoop.
"Excuse me," Isaiah said, when he
first knocked on the Strongs' front door one overcast afternoon in late
September. "Can we use your hoop?"
Joyce Strong laughed because nobody
had put a ball through that rusted rim since her daughter, Terry, moved out a
couple decades ago. And she apologized because at some point a snow plow rammed
the black stanchion, knocking the basket slightly off-center. "That sounds
perfect," Isaiah replied. As he and Jaiden fired jumpers from the Strongs'
cement slab, Joyce and her husband took stock of their affable new neighbors.
"I think that’s the point guard the Cavs just got," Tom said, looking for the
local newspaper to provide confirmation. "I don't know," Joyce responded.
"Isn't he too small?"
WestbrookSluggaSlimey 460 points 20 hours ago
Damn that shit hurt lol celtics
really messed him up
points 20 hours ago
I think Jay King perfectly
summarized the sentiments of many Celtics fans, including me:
Don't blame Ainge for doing what he
thought necessary. Don't blame IT for being upset. Life is complex.
[–]Lakers304rising 60 points 20
Yeah people take shit too personal.
Shits gonna happen when we all have different goals.
124 points 18 hours ago
I think that view is a bit robotic.
I get that business is cold, but that doesn't mean it's a good thing. I mean,
could you really trade a guy that played his heart out for you days after his
sister's death and expect him not to take it personally? I don't know, it's
pretty hard for me to brush those things off as "ah well, just
[–]CelticsCardinalRoark 10 points
18 hours ago
I can't think of a circumstance as
difficult as this one. Last year was fucking magical. IT went through some of
the shittiest shit a dude can go through, and our homegrown, stand up, work
hard, almost never do wrong, AB was there for him.
I mean, you couldn't write a better
script for a movie set up, and this is real fucking life we're talking about.
I mean, in general, I totally
agree. People take sport too personally. But holy shit, the circumstances
around this one are pretty fucking unique.
[–][BOS] Larry Birdmillsmillsmills
14 points 17 hours ago
IT is still playing for a team
that's a favorite to make the Finals and with LeBron in a contract year. I
think/hope this might help him get a bigger contract than if he were to have
played with us this year
[–]Raptorsfabrar 338 points 20
And all of this while dealing with
the death of his sister too. Gotta feel for the guy. I hope he balls the fuck
out in Cleveland. Dude is all heart and passion.
159 points 18 hours ago
I think that's what he meant by the
worst year of his life. Far more devastating than being traded.
[–]Lakersfunnyhandlehere 40 points
17 hours ago
And no one even mentions that his
teeth got all messed up! Not even sort of, but seriously messed up! I can't
believe that never gets mentioned.
[–]Raptorsfandamplus 38 points 16
That's not really in the same
category as those other two things.
[–]Lakersfunnyhandlehere 9 points
12 hours ago
He had pretty serious oral surgery.
Maybe it isn't the same category, but I don't know why it isn't mentioned.
[–][GSW] Chris WebbermaybeAriadne
318 points 20 hours ago
I just want him to be successful
and happy. The man sleeps hugging a basketball, how can one not love him
[–][BOS] Danny Aingecwhaaaales 139
points 16 hours ago
I just want him to drop 50 on the
Warriors in game 7 to win the ship. After everything he's been through I just
want to see him become an NBA legend
[–]WarriorsTEKNOC 59 points 16
Honestly, I love IT so much I
wouldn't even be mad about this. - Well let me rephrase that. I would be mad it
was the Cavs that won, but I would be stoked for IT if he was able to ball out
like that and be "the hero."
[–]Adriatics 278 points 20 hours
This is why Ainge is great, this is
why he did the Nets deal, when most were at the time, confused by it.
To be a good trader, either at Wall
Street or pro sports, you have to be detached from it all. Sentimentality can
be kept in private, it does not belong in a professional setting.
He has every right to be angry, if
i was IT, Cavs would be one of the last teams i would want to go to. I would
want to go to some shitshow franchise like Magic, Bulls, Knicks, someone who
will basically pay him alot of money. Which is what he really wants.
points 17 hours ago
I understand that
wins/championships are all that really matters, but isn't there an emotional
aspect of building a team? Getting players to sacrifice for the team requires a
bond with the franchise/system/players. Would the Warriors players have had the
same team-oriented mindset if they traded Draymond right after signing Durant?
Wall Street's commodity is money, while the NBA's commodity is people.
[–]Jazzcasgoodnight 41 points 16
Totally agree. People love to
praise GMs for being cold-blooded, but the Warriors' big moment was turning
down the Klay for Love trade that 90% of the league thought they should do.
Same thing for the Spurs. They believed in their guys and stuck with them
through the highs and lows and built a real culture.
[–]CelticsMJaylen 26 points 17
They didn't turn that down out of
loyalty to Klay though. They believed he would become a more valuable player
than Kevin Love. Danny (and frankly no one) believes that Kyrie will be more
valuable than IT in the coming years so he made a trade to improve the team.
That's completely different.
[–]Supersonicsmanquistador 9 points
17 hours ago
It could be argued that
sentimentality is now holding back the Spurs. Giving Pau the deal he got.
Keeping Parker and Manu. These are not things a team trying to win a