Isaiah Thomas is "going to keep in touch" with Tom Brady

Isaiah Thomas is "going to keep in touch" with Tom Brady

LAS VEGAS – Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is an All-Star and at 5-foot-9, has a way of standing out when it comes to the NBA’s best players. And as much as young fans look up to him and idolize what he has done as a player, he too is a fan of great talent.

So as much as he tried to contain himself, Thomas readily admits to his inner fanboy coming out when he met New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as part of the Celtics contingent that tried to convince Kevin Durant to join the Celtics.

Durant, who has played the past nine seasons for the Oklahoma City Thunder, ultimately decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors. But as much as the focus was on trying to convince Durant to be a Celtic, Thomas and the rest of his teammates - based on all the pics posted on social media sites - were clearly caught up in Brady-mania.

“I’ve always been a fan of (Brady),” Thomas said while attending a Celtics summer league game here in Las Vegas. “But getting to meet him, I’m even more of a fan. I’m not usually star-struck. But that was one of those cases … I didn’t know what to ask him. He’s so down to earth.”

After meeting with Durant in the Hamptons, Thomas said he and Brady exchanged numbers with Brady reaching out to him via text later that night.

It was his first time meeting Brady, but Thomas said it definitely won’t be the last. 

“I’m going to keep in touch with him,” Thomas said.

In fact, don’t be surprised if Thomas shows up at a practice or two this fall.

And the reason is simple.

Thomas strives to be the best NBA player he can possibly be, and with that he tries to surround himself with similar-minded, high achieving athletes.

That’s why one of his closest friends is boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the greatest fighters in the modern era.

And along those lines, he sees Brady as one of the best at his profession, which is why he says he will be at some Patriots practices to “see how the greats prepare themselves.”

A. Sherrod Blakely can be followed on Twitter: @SherrodbCSN

NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

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NBCSB Breakfast podcast: Maybe next year will be the Celtics' year

1:31 - With the results of Kyrie Irving’s second opinion on he knee looming, the Celtic’s season is certainly up in the air. A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and Gary Tanguay debate how and if Kyrie should be used if he returns.

6:02 - Back in October Michael Felger prematurely said the Bruins season was over. The B’s marketing team featured Felger in an ad for playoff tickets now that the Bruins have clinched the playoffs. Felger, Trenni and Gary react to the commercial and discuss the Bruins playoff chances.

11:47 - The Patriots are making moves! on Tursday the Pats made deals with LaAdrian Waddle, Marquis Flowers and Patrick Chung. Phil Perry, Michael Holley, Troy Brown and Tom Curran discuss how despite these moves, the Patriots should still be in search of a left tackle.

Greg Monroe looking forward to his 2nd taste of playoffs

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Greg Monroe looking forward to his 2nd taste of playoffs

BOSTON – We live in a world filled with success stories that came about by accident. 

The invention of the microwave oven.

Post-It notes.

The creation of potato chips.

The Boston Celtics’ game-winning play against Oklahoma City earlier this week qualfies; a play in which there were multiple miscues made by the Celtics prior to Marcus Morris’ game-winning shot. 


All these Celtics injuries have made Brad Stevens a mad scientist of sorts with some unusual lineups that may be on display tonight against the guard-centric Portland Trail Blazers. 

In Boston’s 100-99 win over the Thunder on Tuesday, we saw Stevens utilize a lineup with Al Horford and Greg Monroe, in four different stints.

Monroe, who had 17 points off the bench - the most he has scored as a Celtic -  enjoyed playing with Horford.

“Al’s so smart. He’s seen it all in this league,” Monroe told NBC Sports Boston. “He’s an all-star. Very cerebral player, unselfish. So it’s easy playing with him. He can space, drive, make plays. I feel like I can make plays, driving. It’s fun playing with him. I look forward to getting out there with him more.”

Horford had similar praise for playing with Monroe.

“Coach (Brad Stevens) made a great move bringing Greg back in, in the fourth, playing us together,” Horford said. “He made some great plays, passing the ball and just … timely plays. It’s one of those things, the more we play with each other the more comfortable we’ll get. I thought it was very positive.”

Monroe’s role has become significantly more important with the season-ending injury (torn meniscus, left knee) to Daniel Theis. And his ability to play well with various lineups will only improve Boston’s chances of weathering this latest storm of injuries which comes on the eve of the playoffs. 

And while there’s a certain amount of pleasure all players take in being on a playoff-bound team, Monroe understands better than most NBA veterans just how special it is to be headed towards the postseason.

In his eighth season, this will only be Monroe’s second time participating in the playoffs. 

The first time? 

That was last year, with the Milwaukee Bucks. 

“This is what everybody plays for, I hope,” Monroe said. “This is what I play for, to get into the postseason, make a run. It’s the best situation. I’ve been through a lot in my career, this year. I’m grateful. I don’t take anything for granted. I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team.”

And he has done that lately.

Monroe comes into tonight’s game having scored in double figures each of the last four games, a season high for the 6-foot-11 center. 

Having spent most of his NBA career watching instead of participating in the playoffs, Monroe is out to prove that he can in fact be a significant contributor to a team that’s postseason-bound.

“For sure. You have to have a little chip, a little fire, at least in my eyes,” Monroe said. “I’ve never doubted myself. It’s about being between those lines and being the best player I can be. That’s what I’m focused on.”