Celtics

Isiah Thomas on Isaiah Thomas trade: 'I think it really hurt him'

Isiah Thomas on Isaiah Thomas trade: 'I think it really hurt him'

Former Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas hasn't publicly addressed the trade that sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers yet.

But Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas says that he has spoken to IT, and says the deal has been "a punch in the gut" for the two-time All-Star.

"He said he gave his heart and soul to the Celtics," Isiah Thomas told Cleveland.com. "He gave them everything. It's a business and we all understand that it's a business, but to have it happen in such a way for him. I think it really hurt him. I think it's going to be difficult for him to trust again, to give that trust, that loyalty, that love to another organization.

"And I definitely think the Cavs are going to have to do some relationship mending to get him back to the point where he loves being where he's at. Because he's a small guy and the thing that gets him over is his love and his passion. And if those things are kind of missing a little bit, it's going to be hard."

Thomas was traded by the Celtics along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

best_of_bst_podcast.jpg

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE