Isaiah Thomas Signs With Nuggets

Isaiah Thomas quickly went from one of the NBA's point guards to backup for lottery team. Success in sports, all too often, is extremely fleeting

Isaiah Thomas disappointed many in Cleveland, and must settle for a minimum salary in Denver. Although the Nuggets are improving, it's a far drop from Boston's conference finals contention. Photo credit: David Richard, USA Today Sports

By: Jeffrey Newholm

While performing at his best in the 2017 season, when the Celtics earned the east’s top seed, point guard Isaiah Thomas quipped that someone would “bring the Brinks truck out” to pay him. But once again, the future did not work out as planned. After a playoff injury, Boston shipped Thomas to Cleveland as the main piece of the Kyrie Irving trade. It appeared to be a steal for the Cavaliers. The Cavs obtained a similarly talented guard who could start playing in December, along with other assets. But Thomas’s fall from grace continued as the Brinks truck drove further away.

Thomas entered the starting lineup after two months, but the offense struggled and a finals contender treaded .500 basketball. Tempers simmered directly under the surface and LeBron James, the team’s owner and GM leading voice, quickly grew impatient. 65 times in 87 attempts, the exasperated Cavs announcers dictated, “Isaiah Thomas for three!…No.” Thomas was quickly trucked to Los Angeles for a virtual pittance. Thomas, who once exclaimed “I’m no sixth man”, backed up the point admirably, but not for a playoff team. With Rajon Rando and James signed to revitalize L.A., Thomas reportedly signed a one year veteran’s minimum with Denver.

Granted, $2 million will still fill most Brinks trucks. But Thomas must adjust to being a sixth man for a team that, while improving, has many faces to look up at. True, thousands of college players would kill to have a bench role in the pros. But the fleeting nature of Thomas’s glory serves a sobering reminder of how short one’s stay in the penthouse can be. With attention spans almost at zero, only the biggest names grab a ledge in American memories. If Thomas can’t regain his status as one of the league’s best guards, he will be further proof that proper play is done for the love of the game, not the most fleeting moments of acclaim.

Jeffrey Newholm
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Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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