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Isaiah Thomas posted on social media Tuesday night for the first time since the blockbuster trade that sent him from Boston to Cleveland in exchange for fellow All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Alongside the Instagram video, which featured multiple clips of Thomas during the trade process, Thomas wrote: “They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation. Well who would you want to define you? Someone else or yourself? Whatever you do, give your heart to it and stay strong … THE MARATHON CONTINUES!!! #BookOfIsaiah2ComingSoon #ThatSLOWgrind #KeepDoubting #KillaSeason”
The trade, which was originally agreed upon on Aug. 22 but was held up due to concerns about Thomas’ injured hip, became official on Aug. 30. The Celtics also sent forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s first-round draft pick in 2018 and Miami’s 2020 second-round pick.
For Thomas, it appears he’s viewing the trade as nothing more than another chapter in a career that has already become one of the league’s biggest underdog stories, another slight to add to the already-massive chip on his shoulder.
The 5-foot-9 star, who was drafted with the final pick in 2011 and has been traded three times in his six seasons, is coming off the best year of his career — a year in which he finished third in the league in scoring (28.9 points per game), fifth in the MVP race and led the Celtics to the No. 1 seed in the East. But yet he finds himself headed to…