Former two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas made his home debut for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night and it was indeed a momentous occasion for the 33-year-old veteran. HE was greeted with a heartwarming standing ovation by the adoring home crowd as he checked in for the game for the first time.
Thomas had his game face on as he made his way to the pitch, but no doubt he heard the cheers of the fans (h/t NBA on ESPN on Twitter):
Isaiah Thomas receives a standing ovation in his first Hornets home game 👏 pic.twitter.com/qMovcbcWHp
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 10, 2022
Thomas hasn’t played a major role for the Hornets since signing a 10-day contract on March 2. In fact, he only played one game for Charlotte. He recorded 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two hat-tricks in 14 effective minutes in a blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since then, Thomas was a healthy DNP for the Hornets’ next two games.
HE remained ready and his number was called by coach James Borrego on Wednesday. Incidentally, the Hornets were hosting Thomas’ former team in the Boston Celtics. In fact, you can see in the video that even the Celtics fans in attendance were cheering for him. The man clearly holds a special place in the hearts of the Boston faithful.