A Young Kid Asked Brad Stevens Why He Traded Isaiah Thomas, And Probably Wasn't Satisfied With The Answer
The truth is that Brad Stevens would've probably been better off telling that poor, heartbroken Celtics fan that they traded Isaiah Thomas because Isaiah Thomas didn't believe in Santa Claus or some shit. That would been far more justifiable in the head of a child than the circumstantially neutered version of the truth that he actually received.
Shea is probably sitting in the backseat of the mini-van peppering his father with "why?" after "why?" because nothing makes inherently inquisitive kids more curious than the confusion of their elders. Not that I could do any better while looking a little boy in his puppy dog eyes, but Brad Stevens basically found thee most long-winded way possible to say "well, it was hard". You think that politically correct bullshit is going to satisfy a seven(?) year old? If Shea wasn't so intimidated by the crowd he probably would have like "oh.....but why?", and I don't even blame him. The only player on the team that he was able to look up to without giving himself whiplash gets flipped on a whim, and the sole reasoning is that it wasn't easy?!?
Come on Coach Stevens! Surely you could have just blamed Danny Ainge - the guy who actually traded him - so that Shea could have a very distinct target during his tantrums until the season started! The organization was already leaking false reports that 'Mr. 4th Quarter' was disliked by teammates five minutes after he got traded, so why not let the guy that played through the death of his sister take the fall for hurting a 3rd grader's feelings too? I could barely keep up with the petty drama of the NBA offseason so there is a beauty to being a young sports fan that doesn't have to worry about annoying adult shit like money, age, fit, or passive aggressive social media sparring. However, Brad Stevens failed to give that kid the one thing he needs to remain totally naive to the business of basketball - a scapegoat.