LeBron pays tribute to grieving Thomas

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LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers expressed sympathy for Isaiah Thomas following the death of his sister © GETTY/AFP/File / Jason Miller

LOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 17 – LeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a car crash at the weekend.

Thomas fought through tears to score 33 points in Boston’s opening playoff defeat to Chicago on Sunday, just a day after his sister Chyna’s death.

Speaking during Cleveland’s shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against Indiana on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas’s situation.

“My deepest sympathy as well as prayers goes up to him as well as his mother, his father, whoever can be in his life,” James told reporters.

“Had to be a tough situation for him, just going out as well as playing a game as well as obviously who cares about the game? that will’s so silly to even think about basketball when something like that will tragic happens.

“He obviously can be a strong-willed guy. I got to know him the last couple years. the idea’s unfortunate something like that will has happened at a time like This particular. Obviously our world can be kind of revolved around basketball, nevertheless like I said, who cares about basketball when something like that will happens?”

James said Thomas’s performance under the circumstances was “unbelievable.”

“the idea’s a sick feeling. I don’t have any siblings, nevertheless I have some very, very close people in my life as well as I can only imagine how that will would certainly take your heart away,” James said. “Especially at a time like This particular. He was unbelievable from the game, too, by the way.”

Meanwhile, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday he expects Thomas to remain with the team for Tuesday’s Game 2 from the series before returning to be with his family from the Seattle area.

“His plan, as of right today — as well as, again, subject to him changing if he wants — can be that will he’ll be here (Tuesday) night as well as then will go either after the game (Tuesday) night or Wednesday morning,” Stevens said.

“He’s trying his best to compartmentalize when he’s here to work on what he needs to work on, nevertheless I’m sure that will’s difficult,” Stevens added.

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LeBron pays tribute to grieving Thomas

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