So Tuesday morning, Isaiah Thomas tweeted out of the blue that he needed to sit with Tom Brady so he could “pick his brain.”
I absolutely LOVE this. Isaiah isn’t dumb, he knows that if you truly want to win over the Boston-faithful, you first need to get into the good graces of the King of New England and the G.O.A.T. himself, Thomas Edward Brady. While his playing abilities on the court this past year have gotten Boston fans to take notice, there are still those that criticize him because of his size, never mind the fact that he’s a fan of the Denver Broncos. So what does he do? Shoots out a quick tweet that he wants to pick Tom’s brain and boom, he’s instantly loved.
The thought of Isaiah and Tom sitting down together and chatting over a cup of coffee is hilarious. Thomas rattled off some similarities he thought he and Brady shared in an article for ESPN, but outside of the desire to win and be the best, I don’t see these two having much in common. But you never know. I can just imagine the conversation having a lot of awkward pauses and dead ends but it would certainly make for a great picture. Add in David Ortiz or Dustin Pedrioa and whoever the face of the Bruins is these days (sorry B’s, I only have room for one winter sport in my life), then you could really dub it “Boston’s Brain Trust,” as ESPNBoston’s Chris Forseberg named the potential meeting between Brady and Thomas.
But all joking aside, this is a great move by Isaiah and it really says a lot about the new face of the Celtics franchise. Thomas related talking to Brady to the opportunities he’s gotten to sit down and talk with athletes like Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather.
“I got the chance to talk to Kobe. I’m real good friends with Floyd Mayweather, so I get to pick guys-like-that’s brains. I just would like to sit down and actually meet [Brady] and also just pick his brain about winning championships and how he goes about his day, how he prepares. I like his preparation to everything. I like to pick guys’ brains, especially the best in the business, best in their field, and see what he has to say to me. Hopefully I can make it happen.”
He went on to say that he likes the way Brady carries himself as the best quarterback ever and then pointed out some similarities he thought they shared. Thomas, the last pick in 2011 draft, equated that to Brady being picked late but overcoming the criticisms to become the best quarterback ever. While Thomas doesn’t necessarily believe he’ll be the best ever when all is said and done, he stated that he’d like to be on that path. On top of that, Thomas told a group of children at the Roslindale Community Center in September that he’d like to be “the best little guy to ever play the game of basketball.” What’s not to love about a guy that has aspirations like that? While he knows his limits and is aware he’ll probably never be better than Jordan or LeBron, he still has high hopes for himself and his game which is absolutely something I want to see out of the new face of the franchise.
Beyond growing as a player, Thomas told reporters he wanted to grow not only as a basketball player but as a leader. When the trade that acquired Thomas went through last season at the trade deadline, there were fans and critics that weren’t quite sure how things would pan out. Fast forward a year and Celtics fans find themselves with a point guard who has completely embraced a leadership role and he’s not only embraced it, but he wants to take it a step further and learn from one of the greatest leaders sports has to offer.
So while it was just a harmless tweet, it shows a lot about Thomas and the direction of this team and franchise. With Danny Ainge at the helm, you can never really be sure which players are going to stick around but I’m hopeful that Thomas isn’t one of the guys that gets lost in the shuffle because as a fan I need him to be an integral part of this team for years to come. I admire his drive and competitiveness on the court and I admire his aspirations to continuously grow as a player and leader. I highly doubt anybody thought this is the type of player the Celtics would be getting last February but he’s the player they need going forward.
I didn’t like the subtle shot Thomas took at Brady a the end of the ESPN article. Thomas finished his interview by saying that with Peyton Manning retiring, he couldn’t sit down and pick his brain so he’d love to do it with Brady. Isaiah, if you want to survive in Boston you need to cut the Peyton Manning crap, everyone knows who the best is. So we’ll let that shot slide this one time, but don’t let it happen again.