The last time Isaiah Jamar Thomas stepped on the Madison Square Garden court, he started hearing boos from the crowd. He hasn’t really done anything it’s just that he has the same name with the former hall of famer who made the Knicks a laughing stock, and was unsuccessful after serving as a head coach and team executive.
As the young Isaiah walked around the tunnel going to the court, as soon as he steps in… everything becomes business. Isaiah scored 20 points and dished out 8 assists and most importantly delivered the win for the Celtics on that night against the Knicks.
This is mostly Isaiah Thomas’ life, from being picked as the last player in the 2011 draft. For everyone who doubted if he could have a lucrative career or even a decent contract in the NBA, the five-foot-nine diminutive player, stood taller more than anyone in the NBA. His 22.0 points per game made him ranked the fourth highest among point guards, higher than Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul and John Wall and yet people still doubted him. It’s easy to pick on guys not belonging to the norms. Thomas is nowhere near the ideal height for point guards. With bigger and taller opponents, the small guy becomes a liability in defense.
When the Hawks last playoffs clobbered, badgered and forced Thomas to pass the ball, after a lackluster offensive effort in their first two games, Isaiah responded by scoring a career high 42 points and delivered a win while closing the gap to 2-1.
From the boos and from all the doubts, Isaiah Thomas never backs down on every challenge. He never questioned himself when he was the last pick of the draft but instead made it an opportunity to prove his worth.
Everyone is capable of greatness.
Even a little man cast a long shadow.