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Isaiah Thomas sheds some light on how he found out he got traded

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Isaiah Thomas sheds some light on how he found out he got traded

BOSTON – Danny Ainge has made no secret about how difficult it was for him to tell Isaiah Thomas that he had been traded to Cleveland in a deal that centered around Boston acquiring four-time all-star Kyrie Irving. 

“It was one of the most difficult conversations I ever had,” Ainge told CSN's Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine following last week’s introductory press conference for Irving and Gordon Hayward. “I.T., everybody in Boston is grateful for I.T. and all that he’s done.”

Thomas has remained relatively quiet on his feelings about the trade. 

However, he did provide some insight into how Ainge broke the news to him, on an Instagram video posted on Tuesday.

Apparently Thomas initially missed the call from Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations.

“I called him back,” Thomas said in his Instagram video which lasted about one minute. “He was like, ‘How’s your life?’

Thomas recalled saying, “I just got back home; I’m straight.”

And then Ainge, according to Thomas said, “I just traded you.”

As much as having a player with Irving's talent will be to the Celtics, the contributions made by Thomas to this franchise in his two-plus seasons will not be forgotten anytime soon.

In fact, the players that now constitute Boston’s Big Three – Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward – are all here in part because of Thomas’ play (Irving) and ability to convince them (Horford and Hayward) to come to Boston and be part of something special. 

“We wouldn’t be here today with Kyrie and Gordon and Al Horford, if I.T. didn’t exist,” Ainge said. “If I.T. hadn’t helped us get back on the map . . . we’re probably not sitting here having this press conference. Gordon Hayward probably isn’t impressed with the team. Horford and everything else.”

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”