Gordon: Two Former Celtics Are Acting Like Children
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Regardless of what you thought about Isaiah Thomas before he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the former Celtic is coming off as nothing more than just an attention-hungry crybaby that thinks that he’s a victim no matter what.
Ever since the Boston Celtics traded Thomas and Jae Crowder in a blockbuster deal to get Kyrie Irving, the former all-star has been dealing with a hip injury and just talking about how he was spited by the Celtics general manager Danny Ainge for a lack of loyalty and a lack of gratitude for what he did for the city.
“Boston is going to be all love,” Thomas said to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. “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.”
Now with Thomas only a day away from making a return to the Garden, it has been announced that even though he will play against Portland tonight, he will sit for the Celtics game. To go with that, he also does not want a tribute video played for him tomorrow night either.
Instead, Thomas wants it on February 11, which is, believe it or not, the same day that the Celtics raise former great Paul Pierce’s number into the rafters. It’s all about him, that’s how he always has been and always will be.
Pierce won a championship here and gave the Celtics a face to the franchise that they had been lacking since Larry Bird had retired. His impact on the city and to the Celtics is unparalleled to anyone else who has played for the team in the new millennium.
What has Thomas done exactly? He played two great seasons and made two All-Star games, but the Celtics never only won a single series, losing to the Atlanta Hawks and Cavaliers while Thomas was injured and not playing.
Now he wants the attention all on him when it’s supposed to be a day honoring Pierce for his accomplishments and getting his number retired? Give me a break.
The world of sports is a cruel place and there is no loyalty ever, Thomas should have known this and should stop acting like a child and do all of his talking on the court.
Then there is Crowder who was quoted in saying that he wants kudos from the city as well as the team and the fans for the work he had done over the whole three years he played with the team.
“Fans have cheered for opposing team’s players before,” Crowder said to the Boston Globe‘s Gary Washburn. “I feel like they should do the same for me because I gave them a lot. I hope they give me a little cheer.”
What exactly was given to them? An Eastern Conference win, an NBA Championship win?
Crowder and Thomas are treating themselves like legends and that the team is good because of them. Playing seven combined seasons with nothing but two all-star games is nothing legendary.
Yes, Avery Bradley was honored with his return, because of his tenure was the longest of any player in this decade. Kelly Olynyk was also honored as a “Hero Among Us” for his many contributions to the city in which his actions saved lives.
Stop acting like children, grow up, and play the game because you two aren’t owed anything by anyone.