It hasn’t necessarily been the start to the season that the Boston Celtics had hoped sitting at 10-7 through the first 17 games. There have been some frustrating stretches of inconsistency for the team over that span that has led to Isaiah Thomas voicing his displeasure. In light of that, Thomas recently revealed that an NBA Hall of Famer texted him a motivational message.
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) November 22, 2016
“It was real early in the morning that he texted, like 8:30, so he must have been watching highlights [of the Minnesota [Timberwolves] game] or something, I told him, ‘I appreciate it and that I’m just trying to be like you.’ He was like, ‘Say no more.’ Those texts man, it just motivates me to keep going. Someone like that is watching me without me even reaching out to him, so I guess I’m doing something right.”
The fact that Iverson went out of his way to help Thomas shows that this was a thoughtful message of encouragement. To get that type of praise from a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest scorers in league history has provided him some uplifting praise to push himself and team to greater heights. Thomas has shown that he has the ability to lead the Celtics and has been a major part of their turnaround.
The 27-year-old is in the midst of another highly productive season averaging career highs with 26.0 points and 6.4 assists. His level of play has only risen a notch since joining Boston that could lead to his second straight All-Star game selection. This could be just the beginning of an impressive year.