Isaiah Thomas, Grieving Sister’s Death, Is Top Scorer For Celtics
We have so much love and respect for this man! Prayers up for Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas who is mourning the loss of his 22-year-old sister Chyna, who died in a one-car accident Saturday.
Washington State Police said Chyna Thomas was killed around 5 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, WA when her car drifted onto the left shoulder of the highway, traveling some 50 feet before colliding with a large metal pole. Police said she was not wearing a seatbelt.
According to ESPN reports, Isaiah Thomas learned of his sister’s death after Celtics practice Saturday afternoon. He was talking to a reporter when teammate and fellow Tacoma native Avery Bradley pulled him away. Thomas understandably did not return to continue other scheduled media requests.
In a statement released Saturday the Celtics offered their condolences to Thomas and his family:
“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Chyna Thomas,” the Celtics said in the statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver also released a statement on behalf of the league:
“The NBA family mourns the tragic passing of Chyna Thomas, and we send our deepest condolences to Isaiah, his family and the Celtics organization during this difficult time,” Silver said in the statement.
While the Celtics were initially unsure whether Thomas would play in his team’s Playoffs opener against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, Thomas took the court by storm — ending the game as the top Celtics scorer with 33 points, although the Bulls won the game 106-102.
Thomas was visibly upset before the game, leaning on Bradley for support. He wrote a special dedication to his sis on his sneakers.
The Celtics also took a moment of silence to pay their respects before the game.
Thomas’ Dad James told the Boston Herald that Isaiah hasn’t decided when he will travel home to join his family.
“It’s a crucial time for our family right now,” James Thomas told the Herald.
Prayers up for the entire Thomas family. Love and light to you all during this difficult time.
A photo from the accident scene has been circulating. Hit the flip to see it.