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Horford shares great I.T. take after ex-Celtic's huge G League debut

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If anyone knows what Isaiah Thomas is capable of, it's Al Horford.

Horford battled against Thomas' Celtics a member of the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 postseason, then was Thomas' teammate in Boston for the point guard's breakout campaign in 2016-17.

Injuries have derailed Thomas' career since then, but the 32-year-old is attempting another NBA comeback and turned heads Wednesday by dropping 42 points in his debut for the G League Grand Rapids Gold.

NBA stars show love for Isaiah Thomas after stellar G League debut

Horford was among many NBA players who caught wind of Thomas' performance and wasn't surprised to see his former teammate balling out.

"I saw that. He had like, 42 (points)?" Horford told reporters Thursday, as seen in the video above.

"... Him playing for Team USA, him going to the G League -- I.T. loves to play the game. Just loves to play basketball.

"He’s one of those guys that if he can play every day, he will. That’s just his love for the game. So I’m very happy to see him doing well and showing that he can still play."

Thomas joined Team USA in February for the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers, then last month was named to USA's roster for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He also made headlines this summer by dropping 81 points at a Pro-Am game in Seattle.

 

To Horford's point, Thomas will take his playing opportunities wherever he can get them. So, even if his NBA future remains unclear -- he's played just three games since the beginning of the 2020-21 season and went unsigned this offseason despite reported interest from several teams -- it's great to see "the Little Guy" still doing what he loves at age 32.