Often as fans, we slander players for wanting something different in their career. Whether they’re leaving our favorite team or going to join another juggernaut. Despite the situation, often we critique players heavily for wanting change. Kevin Durant was killed in the media for joining Golden State. Reporters, fans, NBA legends, you name it and they were on record for slandering Durant. Another example is Kyrie Irving, who reportedly wanted a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was referred to as stupid and immature just for wanting to be traded.
Despite what others think, I’ve always been on the side of the player and this Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers trade is an exact example why.
Sources: Boston, Cleveland nearing deal on Kyrie Irving, but details still working to completion. Isaiah Thomas, Crowder, pick(s) in talks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017
Last night the Boston Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the 2018 first-round pick for Kyrie Irving. While the trade left me appalled, my last thought was, “Wow, the NBA is truly a business”.
Isaiah Thomas has been nothing but loyal and committed to the Boston Celtics. Since being traded to the Celtics in 2015, Thomas has done nothing but improve. He’s become an AllSstar, led the team to the playoffs, and has even become a top-five candidate in the MVP race.
And it doesn’t end there. Isaiah Thomas played through a hip injury in the 2017 Playoffs but even worse, he played through heartbreak and turmoil as he returned to the court two days after the passing of his sister.
Oh and let’s not forget that he was sending out sub-tweets and was on the front line trying to recruit Gordon Hayward to Boston this off-season as well.
When fans, reporters, and analysts are screaming, “oh he’s not loyal” I’m always like “for what”? People always want players to show commitment to teams when they get the exact opposite in return. We kill players for wanting to go somewhere else when in hindsight, it’s the same exact thing that we do when looking for a new 9-5 job. Isaiah Thomas showed the upmost commitment and loyalty to the Boston Celtics and look what they did. They traded him in a heartbeat.
Do what’s best for you and control your destiny. That’s my advice to all NBA players out there.