Back in 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers put up a horrible showing against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, losing in six games to their rivals.
Many at the time thought superstar forward LeBron James was emotionally absent during the series as the Cavs were eliminated, especially since he announced he was going to leave Cleveland and play for the Miami Heat shortly after the series ended.
Many fans took to Twitter to criticize King James for the no-show in the aftermath of that series, and one of those fans was Isaiah Thomas, then a 21-year-old star for the Washington Huskies.
As you can see in the tweet below, Thomas - a noted supporter and huge fan of Kobe Bryant - ripped LeBron's effort during the conference semifinals:
Obviously, in the wake of Tuesday's blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers to the Celtics in exchange for Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick, Thomas's 2010 tweet may pose a bit of a problem.
Though both IT and LeBron are adults and should be able to move past something that happened seven years ago, it's not exactly the best start for a pair of new teammates.
However, after Irving demanded a trade earlier this offseason, getting a star like Thomas in return was important for the Cavs. General manager Koby Altman told NBA.com that he's excited to see how the newest Cavaliers fit in with the team:
“This trade needed to include both players and assets that we felt strongly could help us continue to compete for championships and we believe it does,” said Altman. “We look forward to Isaiah, Jae and Ante joining us and also felt that the unprotected first round pick in the deal was very important for us and our future as well.”
Meanwhile, the Celtics are happy to have Irving in a green uniform, but GM Danny Ainge added that dealing Thomas to the Cavs was very difficult and said the team wishes him all the best (via NBA.com):
“Isaiah embodied what it meant to be a Celtic. He captured fans’ hearts not only with his spirit, but his personality,” said Ainge. “Jae’s toughness was contagious for our team. He improved his skills each year, but it’s his energy and fight that will be remembered. We wish them and their families the very best.”
Assuming Thomas and James can get past a tweet sent seven years ago, it should be an exciting year in Cleveland. And, now that Irving is in Boston, it could be quite a year there, too.News Now - Sport News