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Isaiah Thomas surprised 14-year-old Robbie McNulty for the second straight week by inviting him to an upcoming Celtics game as the two appeared via video on ABC's "Good Morning America."
After joining McNulty for a surprise shooting session at a Cambridge park last week, Thomas stunned the teenager again by inviting him to a game at TD Garden.
McNulty is a diehard Celtics fan and Thomas is his favorite player. After his first day at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, McNulty went to the basketball court by himself after none of his friends wanted to join him, but he wasn't alone for long. Thomas saw McNulty playing alone and headed toward him.
"Thanks for letting me shoot hoops with you the other day," Thomas said in a video taped at the Celtics' Waltham practice facility. "Keep working on that jumper. I know we talked about this upcoming season, and I'd like to invite you to one of my games as my guest. See you at the Garden."
"It was so nice of him to come over and play with me," McNulty said. "I be he didn't even think it would be that big of a deal to me, but for me, like, it's crazy. He's an NBA All-Star and he's just looking at you and talking to you." [Boston Globe]Thomas and his wife, Kayla, were coming back from back-to-school night for parents at Cambridge Montessori School when Thomas spotted the high school freshman shooting by himself and decided to join him.
"He was the only kid there," Thomas said. "So I'm like, I'm just going to go get some shots up with him." When I walk over, he rebounded his own shot and turned around and I'm like, 'Can I get a couple shots?' And he stopped. He didn't even say a word, like his eyes were so big. He just stopped and froze and I'm like, 'Pass me the ball.'"The shooting session lasted about 10 minutes before Thomas took a picture with the young teen. Then came the surprise on national TV.
"I just love interactions like that," Thomas said. "I know it means a lot, because I was once in his shoes. I was once that kid at games wanting a player to just wave to me and acknowledge me, so I know that feeling and I know that's my job now.
"I knew maybe even if he didn't know who I was it would be cool to just rebound for him and shoot with him for the 10 minutes that I did."
Click the video below to see the clip of Thomas and McNalty on "Good Morning America."