Denver Nuggets point guard Isaiah Thomas has apologized for an Instagram video rant, in which he referred to the city of Cleveland as a "s***hole."
I apologize for my choice of words about Cleveland. I was on my live playing around. They don’t show you everything for a reason smh. Right after that I clarified what I said.... All love to everybody who had love for me in Cleveland.— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) August 12, 2018
In the video, Thomas was talking about how much he appreciated some of the other teams he had played for, then called the city of Cleveland a vulgar word before adding he could "see why LeBron James left."
Thomas was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving blockbuster. But a hip injury sidelined Thomas for the first half of the 2017-18 season, and he wound up playing just 15 games in 'The Land'.
Reports also suggested that Thomas criticized All-Star Kevin Love during a team meeting. Not long after, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers (along with Channing Frye and a first round pick), for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
Thomas wound up playing just 32 games throughout the 2017-18 season, following a career year with the Boston Celtics in which he averaged 28.9 points per game and led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals. He settled on a one-year deal from the Denver Nuggets in the offseason.
When healthy, Thomas is one of the game's top all-around scorers and dynamic play-making point guards. But he'll have to show that he's fully recovered from hip surgery. If Thomas can regain his scoring form, he's going to set himself up nicely for a lucrative contract in 2019 free agency.
But Thomas will also have to avoid heated locker room meetings. It's important for players of his caliber to be good team players. And if Thomas keeps ranting away about how much he dislikes certain cities, it'll only hurt his market in free agency more.
Thomas' tenure in Cleveland was a forgettable one, but he's getting a fresh start in the Mile High City. We'll soon find out if he can make the most of it.