Newly acquired guard Isaiah Thomas will have 30 games to ingrain himself into the unfamiliarity of coach Brad Stevens' system. When the 26-year old sharpshooter finally walks into the Celtics locker room, he will see a recognizable face in fellow Tacoma, Washington native Avery Bradley:
Celtics careful not to discuss trade until official. Avery Bradley did acknowledge he and Isaiah Thomas grew up together + on same AAU team.
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) February 19, 2015
Avery Bradley on Isaiah Thomas. "We grew up in the same area, literally. Played for the same AAU team, everything. He's just a good player."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 19, 2015
Thomas referenced the connection with Bradley on Saturday:
It's crazy that two guys from the same neighborhood are in the NBA & on the same team!! #253 #HillTop #Tacoma
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 21, 2015
Bradley and Thomas continue the "family tree" of NBA guards (Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford, Jason Terry and the retired Brandon Roy) coming out of the Great NorthWest.
When Thomas joins Bradley and his new team is still a mystery, as he is awaiting the results of his physical and his status for Sunday against the Lakers is up in the air:
Brad Stevens decided to give the Celtics the day off today in Los Angeles. Availability of Isaiah Thomas is likely to be revealed tomorrow.— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) February 21, 2015
Which for some reason irks me. How long does this process really take? The Kings traded for Andre Miller on the same day the C's dealt for Thomas, yet old man Miller was available to play last night.
During my yearly physical it only takes about 30 minutes for the doctor to tell me I am in questionable shape. That includes him berating me saying I have the gut of a hippo, the body fat of a wale and the skin of a 95-year old lady living in the desert.
But enough about me...
Once Thomas and Bradley finally join each other on the court, the two should compliment each other well, proving that the state of Washington knows something about developing NBA guards.
Photo credit: AP Photo/Elise Amendola
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