MSN- The agent for Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas has shed some light on why things didn’t work out in Cleveland — and hinted at some coming tension with his new organization.
Amid indications that Thomas may not start for his new team, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols relayed a text message sent to her by Thomas’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, during The Jump’s NBA trade deadline special. It was written in capital letters: “HE’S NOT COMING OFF THE BENCH.”
Typically I wouldn't care any which way when a recently traded, undersized point guard providing the defensive wherewithal of a rogue parking cone to a 23-31 team got his minutes. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that I'd lean towards not giving the player that fit the previous description the satisfaction of his way solely out of principle. If not because demanding to be announced as a starter is a terrible way to ingratiate yourself to the team that just traded for you then because doing so second-hand by way of all caps is an offense that's - at the very least - punishable by ass splinters.
Unfortunately, that player's name happens to be Isaiah Thomas. Yup, the same Isaiah Thomas that came out of nowhere to help turn around a franchise that is now better off without his services. The same Isaiah Thomas that went from in line for a long-term contract that was somehow both egregiously inflated and well deserved to potentially treading water in the deep end of the free agency pool with no one there to throw him a lifesaver. The same Isaiah Thomas that probably cost himself upwards of $100 million dollars by playing excellent playoff basketball through the tragic death of his sister and the initial deterioration of his hip. The same Isaiah Thomas that got rewarded for those efforts by getting shipped off to play just over a dozen dreadful games with the one person in the league whose ire you simply must not draw. The same Isaiah Thomas whose lasting image in the jersey of the back-to-back-to-back Eastern Conference champions is that of him helplessly seeking attention by clawing at the uniform of the person that had him moved like a puppy that needs help getting up on the couch.
Again, he's in no place to be making demands, but - for the sake of his sanity - I really hope Isaiah Thomas gets his way no matter how childish he went about trying to do so. The poor bastard needs a win...even if that win comes in the form of being one of the first players out on the floor for yet another loss. Professional basketball is a cold-blooded business, but your heart has to be numb to not feel for the 2nd Team All-NBA player turned afterthought. So do the right thing Luke Walton, even if it's wrong for a team that just traded for a 5'7 personification of future cap space...