Boston Celtics

Back in Boston and actually playing on TD Garden parquet for the first time since the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, former Celtics star and current Denver backup Isaiah Thomas finally got his tribute video from the Celtics.

And it did not disappoint.

For Thomas, now with his third different organization since that aforementioned 2017 East Finals run cut short by Thomas’ hip issues, the video was almost enough to make him cry in front of 18,000 people that cheered his every move for two and a half years.

“I went through a real-life situation when I lost my sister. This whole city and organization went through it with me,” Thomas said of his Boston tenure. “The love is always there, but that took it to another level. I went through the worst situation you could possibly go through in life with these people, and they were right there with me.

“That is why Boston meant so much to me.”

It’s been a trying year for the 5-foot-9 guard, who was recently taken out of Denver’s rotation as they continue their playoff push (Thomas drew in for six minutes and went 0-for-2 in Monday’s win over the Celtics). But Monday at TD Garden compared to some of IT’s most memorable nights as a basketball player, he admitted, comparing this to seeing his jersey retired by his college.

“This type of love was something I needed,” said Thomas. “The love was amazing.”