When Danny Ainge stepped off the golf course at the Old Sandwich Golf Club Wednesday at the Celtics Shamrock Foundation Teeing Up for Kids fundraiser, it did not appear that he had heard the latest remarks from his former guard Isaiah Thomas, released today by Sports Illustrated.
“Did he really?” Ainge asked when informed that Thomas stated he wasn’t sure he would speak to Ainge again after the trade. “You know that’s the hard part of the job. I mean, I know there is a lot of feelings that go on when these type of things happen. I was a player that was traded twice so I understand his sentiments, but you guys know how much I love Isaiah. He’s a great kid and I wish him the best.”
Ainge acknowledged hadn’t yet tried reaching back out to Thomas in the wake of the initial call informing him about the deal but was open to doing so in the opportunity presented itself.
“I mean, I would try to, but I have no idea,” Ainge said of mending fences. “That takes two people and obviously, he said some things today and has some strong feelings and strong emotions and I understand those.
“I think there are just feelings there. There are emotions and I understand that. I think everyone does.”
While the wounds are still fresh, Ainge wouldn’t let the comments take anything away from what the 5-foot-9 point guard did with the Celtics.
“I mean, he was a great Celtic,” Ainge declared. “Everybody that watched him play or has been with him in the locker room for the last few years will remember how great he was. He will be a part of Celtic history forever.”