The Boston Celtics currently have a curse. Whether fans want to admit it or not is up to them, but the facts show they have a curse. With events ranging from the Gordon Hayward injury to Kyrie Irving leaving, and losing the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, the Celtics have developed a curse.
I like to call it the Banner 18 curse because all of this has happened since “Chasing Banner 18” started within the organization. Ultimately, to shift the curse, the Celtics need to bring back a fan favorite.
The key to ending the curse is bringing back Isaiah Thomas.
During the gap between the Big Three era and the Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown era, Thomas captured the hearts of Celtics fans as he helped return them to relevancy. With nicknames such as “the little guy” and “King of the Fourth,” Thomas took over the reins of the Celtics, and he put up insane numbers. The pinnacle of his time in Boston was in 2017 when he finished top five in MVP voting and led the Cs to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Isaiah Thomas would have much different Boston Celtics role than first Cs run
Now at 34 years old, Thomas is nowhere near the same player as he has been in and out of the league, but he deserves a second chance in Boston. If Thomas would be willing to accept a veteran minimum deal and an end-of-the-bench role, he could do wonders for the Celtics. Thomas would bring a veteran presence for younger players, and he would bring a dawg mentality that this current Celtics core needs.
I think the Celtics have reached a point where the curse is real, and they need to start taking positive action to reverse it. Trading fan favorite Marcus Smart only enhances the curse, but bringing back Thomas could help cancel each other out.
Ultimately, it will be interesting to see if the Boston Celtics show interest in Thomas or if the two sides are done for good.