Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Isaiah Thomas Visits ESPN's First Take

YouTube: ESPN First Take

Boston Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas was seen enjoying a front row seat at Oracle Arena for Game 5 on Sunday night when the Golden State Warriors hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers with none other than boxer Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. But the 5'9 young vet also stayed in Oakland to give his take on the NBA Finals thus far on Monday morning, when he was a guest on ESPN's First Take.

Thomas sat in with Cari Champion, Skip Bayless and of course Stephen A. Smith to discuss the championship series where the Warriors are up 3-2. The C's guard had nothing but praise for LeBron, who swept Boston out of the first round almost two months ago, but now is playing short-handed without his all-star teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

"LeBron has no help, everybody in the world can see that," said Thomas. "LeBron makes the game so much easier for everyone, and these guys are out here playing hot potato and no one wants to shoot. You can't win a championship like that." [ESPN]

When asked about Stephen Curry and his play in Game 5, the runner up for the NBA's sixth man of the year was impressed with what he saw up close and personal.

Instagram: ESPN's First Take
"He's the MVP, man, he took over when he needed to," Thomas said. "The shots he takes and makes are the ones you try in a video game." [ESPN]

With crazy Warriors fans surrounding the First Take desk and making noise every chance they could during the conversation, Thomas gave his pick on who will become the 2015 NBA champion.

"I think it's going to go seven," he said. "The Warriors will win in seven." [ESPN]

Game 6 is later tonight in Cleveland as the Cavaliers look to force a Game 7 on Friday. Tip-off is at 9 on ABC.

Besides the outcome of the Finals, Thomas also discussed the possibilities of potential free agents coming to the Celtics.

"I won't say any names," Thomas replied when asked about reaching out to any big names that Danny Ainge is reportedly going after. "But there are a few guys I'd like to see in green. There's two big guys out in the Western Conference that will hopefully make their way East." [ESPN]

Could the C's guard be referring to Memphis' Marc Gasol or Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, who was seen in Boston a couple a weeks ago? Or maybe L.A.'s DeAndre Jordan?

All Celtics nation can do is wait and see as all you got was a Thomas' grin on Monday when asked about who's on his radar. Over the next month or two we're probably going to see some more tweets from the little-big guy that we will all try to decipher as well.

While Thomas remained tight-lipped about his recruiting process, he did reveal that he likes and is enjoying his time in Boston so far to Stephen A. Smith.

"I do. They like me and I like it there a lot. "[ESPN]

Overall Thomas' appearance on the popular sports show was a good one, especially after getting high-praise from ESPN's NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy. The commentator mentioned the Celtics' guard during Sunday night's broadcast with the likes of Steph Curry as far as one of the great shooters in the league off the pick and roll.

Now that's a compliment.

Joel Pavón
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