Isaiah Thomas Stops At Basketball Court To Shoot Around With A Kid Shooting By Himself

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My favorite story of the week goes to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach story about Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas and a 14-year old kid named Robbie McNulty.

The story takes place on Tuesday evening on a wet, puddle-filled court at St. Peter's park in Cambridge. A lonely Robbie - a kid his mother describes as "on the shorter side" and waiting for a growth spurt - was shooting hoops by himself before a stranger walked up and asked if he could shoot with him. That stranger turned out to be Robbie's favorite player and a player who knows a thing or two about being on the shorter side.

“He was the only kid there,” All-Star Isaiah Thomas said. “So I’m like, ‘I’m just going to go get some shots up with him.’ When I walked 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.’ ”

For the next 10 minutes, Robbie shot around with Thomas, who spotted Robbie after leaving a back-to-school night for his son. Afterwards Robbie texted his Mom, "the best thing ever just happened to me."

“I love just little 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.”

It was cool, cooler that he did know who Thomas was and the coolest story of the week because Thomas was the kid's favorite player.

Full Story: Boston Globe