Jerks might call Isaiah Thomas “antsy” as some sort of joke about his size. That’s a shame, because he actually is antsy as hell to play.
It’s been clear from Thomas’ social media usage and interviews that he’s champing at the bit (it’s “champing,” not “chomping”) to return from his hip injury and make his Cavaliers debut. That isn’t expected to happen for at least another month, so for now tweets and Instagram arguments will have to suffice.
Sunday night showed both sides of Thomas’ motivation. He started by stating the obvious:
I️ just wanna HOOP!!!!!— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 6, 2017
Yet it’s what followed that tweet that reminded everyone why Thomas was so beloved in Boston.
People forget and act like I didn’t bust they favorite PGs ass all last season LOL.— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) November 6, 2017
Given that he was the last pick in his draft and was twice discarded in trades — with one such occurrence coming from a team that decided they’d rather have someone else than pay him max money — Thomas should and will always be a “chip on his shoulder” guy. It’s a quality that comes off as forced with players who have been handed everything throughout their careers, but in Thomas’ case it’s clearly genuine.
When Thomas finally does return, he’s going to have even more motivation. Not only will he be playing for a new contract, but now he feels disrespected again. That usually leads to him going off.