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Isaiah Thomas: The fall from Celtics star to apologizing for Instagram videos

Lucy Burdge
August 13, 2018 - 1:30 pm

In just over one year, Isaiah Thomas has gone from a beloved Celtics star to a player with a one-year contract who makes headlines by apologizing for calling Cleveland a “s**thole.”

In July 2017, Thomas was averaging over 28 points per game and said he expected Boston to roll out the ‘Brinks truck’ for him, calling himself a “max guy.”

Before he knew it the Celtics traded him to the Cavaliers and Thomas was left brokenhearted. He was also suffering from a hip injury that was worse than first thought.

Like a former lover who can’t let go, Thomas released the Book of Isaiah II documentary series, which was basically a look at him reflecting on his time in Boston and trying to acclimate to living in Cleveland.

And, of course, there was the whole drama about the Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement coinciding with the rescheduled Thomas tribute video night at the Garden. That was not a great look for Thomas and was a good one for Pierce, who was not going to let a guy who only played in Boston for three years distract from his night.

Cleveland then traded Thomas to the Lakers and but he was sidelined for the season in March after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on that right hip.

And it kept getting worse for Thomas when he signed a one-year contract with the Nuggets for a mere $2 million dollars.

The Brinks truck seems like a lifetime ago.

Then this week he found himself apologizing for calling Cleveland a “sh**thole” in an Instagram video.

Many of his issues stem from his hip injury but his attitude doesn’t help much. If Thomas stops criticizing his former teams, maybe this year will be better for him than the last.