Nobody holds a grudge quite like Isaiah Thomas.
At the same time, nobody is as hot and cold about grudges as Thomas.
The Celtics learned this when Thomas essentially said that he wanted nothing to do with Celtics president Danny Ainge following the trade that sent the 2017 MVP candidate to Cleveland, only to make up with Ainge by the time that Thomas and the Cavaliers rolled into Boston for the first time since the trade. And now it appears that the Cavs are learning this in reverse.
Just days after Thomas took to Instagram and posted a photo from his (brief) time in Cleveland with the caption ‘#TBT let’s get it lol,’ essentially saying that he was all in on his former team and hoping that the Cavaliers would dethrone the Golden State Warriors, Thomas poked fun at the team during an appearance on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on Monday night.
In a ‘Generation Gap: NBA Edition’ game against the NBA’s original Isiah Thomas, Thomas was trailing 50-0 when he didn’t know the answer to the next question asked by Kimmel. And instead of making a guess (c’mon Isaiah, everybody knows that’s Marvin The Martian), Thomas instead sucked it up, did the math and said, “I’m like the Cavs, I’m gonna get swept.”
"I'm like the Cavs, I'm going to get swept." - Isaiah Thomas— Chris Walder (@WalderSports) June 5, 2018
Zero chill. pic.twitter.com/DN2n3OYS8e
In Thomas’ defense, it was obvious that nobody involved seemed to actually enjoy his time in The Land once he transitioned from sidelines cheerleader to starting point guard. His inability to mesh with LeBron James, JR Smith, and the other key pieces of a Cavs squad currently in their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance even led to a deadline day deal that sent the 5-foot-9 guard, then in the midst of career-lows in terms of his offensive effectiveness, to the Lakers to be Lonzo Ball’s backup.
With the Lakers, Thomas averaged 15.6 points and five rebounds in 17 games, while his three-point percentage saw a 7.4 percent uptick from where it was during his 15-game sample with the Cavaliers (up from 25.3 percent to 32.7 percent).
The 29-year-old Thomas is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. But he’s probably not going back to Cleveland.