The 2017-18 NBA season wasn’t kind to Isaiah Thomas. After a career year the season prior, Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics would trade IT to the Boston Celtics in a package for Kyrie Irving. But the roller-coaster didn’t end there. 15 appearances later, Cleveland sent him on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers.
We know why Thomas didn’t play well last season. His hip. Playing through the injury in his last season with Boston ultimately cost him a big-money contract this summer. But it seems as though IT didn’t much care for his time in Cleveland regardless. On his Instagram Live video, Thomas dug his heels in (via CBS Sports):
“Cleveland was a s—hole,” he said. “I see why Bron left. Again.”
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are coming off another NBA Finals appearance. It was the fourth year in a row they reached such heights. But LeBron James is gone now and the Cavaliers are probably a fringe playoff team at worst and a five-seed at best. Yes, even out East. However, Thomas quickly backtracked in a second video.
When will folks learn that social media never forgets, that it’s unrelenting? In his follow-up video via ESPN, Thomas cleared the air:
“I shouldn’t have said that. That was my fault. Cleveland was actually cool, it was all right. The situation just wasn’t the best. I apologize for saying it was a s—h—. It wasn’t a s—h— … I shouldn’t have said that, that was my bad. I was just talking on IG Live, I didn’t think it was gonna get to where they’re posting it. It’s like damn, my bad.”
Thomas is currently playing on a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets as he looks to rebuild his value. Last season, he put up just 15.2 points per game on 37.3 percent shooting. Something tells us Cleveland will survive without him next season.
But you never know.