The Trade That Was A Disaster: Isaiah For Kyrie

NBA trades aren’t won in the first 24 hours and they are not lost until more than a year passes. Three things happen in the life of a trade. Either a trade serves both organizations, or it destroys both organizations. Or a third option. The trade has a little bit of something something for everyone…

Bittersweet. Isaiah.

Finally, Isaiah Thomas had his moment. He was able to bask in his tribute video at the Garden. He absorbed all the cheers and reminisced while watching his greatest moments as a pro unfold. He admitted he almost cried. That was how touched he was by the gesture and by what he saw. But, in…

No $126 Mil For Isaiah

Isaiah Thomas’ painful body is like that movie the War of the Roses. At every turn there is abject misery that he has to overcome by working through the suffering. One eye is on the present, one on the future. But the right now just hurts like hell.  Like his 2018-19 paycheck. He signed for…

Kyrie-Isaiah Trade: Paradise Lost

When Kyrie Irving emphatically shocked his employer, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with his insistence to run away from LeBron James, something no one has ever publicly said they wanted to do, it turned the NBA world [and the Cavaliers] upside down. First, it erased a myth that players would sell their soul to draw a gasp…

Not Revenge But Isaiah Is Alright

The script is pretty basic. Old team comes to town, team that made you the scapegoat, that blamed you for everything. They are struggling to win without you so perhaps a lot of the blame was premature. Nevertheless, here they are. And here you are. One thing is supposed to happen. You are supposed to…

The Cavs Backcourt: Questions and Questions

Fresh off a gentleman’s sweep in last year’s Finals, the Cavs retooled their roster and rebooted their style of play with the additions of Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, and Dwyane Wade. With 17 All-Star appearance between the three, 12 by Wade, it would appear that the Cavs can once again stand toe to toe with…

Isaiah In the Uncomfortable Middle

The three months before this past month, living and crying was the rule of the day. Grief mixed in with competitive fire gave Isaiah Thomas a way through his sadness, a way to dig through a cataclysmic fog. And then, on a perfect day in summer, as if a lost sister and a gimpy hip…

Will Danny Ainge Blink?

When the Cavs traded for Isaiah Thomas last week they knew he wasn’t the same Isaiah Thomas. He had hip surgery in the offseason. Hip surgeries can be iffy, can go north or south, limiting mobility down the line.  Danny Ainge acknowledged that part of the reason he was willing to give up Isaiah, the…