Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had high praise for Isaiah Thomas in advance of Monday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
Currently, Thomas is sidelined with a hip injury and has no timetable for return. Stevens, who was at the helm during Thomas’ tenure in Boston, says he’s looking forward to seeing his former point guard back on the court.
“As you know, IT is one of a kind. And for all of us that have been with him and spent time with him, we’re hopeful that this time when he comes back he feels great and is ready to roll. There’s no question, his impact on an organization and team is hard to match. He’s meant so much to me, and the way he kind of captivated Boston and the years he had there, it’s amazing. He’s an amazing guy. We obviously still keep in touch pretty regularly, but we’ll all look forward to seeing him back out on the court.”
Thomas hasn’t seen the same level of success since his days of playing under Stevens. Injuries have certainly played a role, and he continues to fight.
Celtics fans gained a lot respect for Thomas’ hard-working style of play. He’s 5-9, it’s true. But make no mistake, he’s also one of the best ball handlers in the NBA when healthy.
The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2017 — the same deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Beantown. The fit wasn’t right, though. After just 15 games, the Cavs traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played in 17 games before a nagging hip injury ruled him out for the remainder of that season.
Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Nuggets in the offseason. Hopefully, he’ll be back on the court sooner rather than later.