News of the blockbuster deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics has yet to fully sink in but the fans of one team have already started burning their former star player's jersey.
Celtics fans were apparently not pleased with Isaiah Thomas getting traded to the Eastern Conference champions. For some reason, they reacted by torching his jersey despite Thomas obviously not wanting to leave Boston.
But to the rescue was LeBron James who was quick to respond to these uncalled for actions against his new teammate:
If you recall, James himself was in the same boat during "The Decision" way back in 2010 when he opted to leave Cleveland to chase rings with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
Meanwhile, more reasonable Celtics fans are doing the opposite and expressing their gratitude for Thomas, whose leadership stint with Boston saw them taking the top seed in the East during the playoffs last season.
It wasn't just James who defended the former Celtics leader. Here are other NBA personalities who sympathized with Thomas:
The Celtics small forward was pretty much straightforward regarding the jersey-burning issue after tweeting that the act was "pathetic."
Former teammate Evan Turner made it known that he was nothing short of pissed when he reacted to a recent report after the trade that showed Thomas in a bad light.
"I met IT in high school, we always been tight. The kid has literally acted the same with me since I was 16. I just don't see how that even comes out. I've never known him to be an [expletive] or disliked by anyone. He's not arrogant or anything. Dude works his [expletive] off," Turner told CelticsBlog.
Ray is no stranger to this type of bashing being a former Celtics player himself who's also balled for four teams throughout his storied 18-year career. It's no surprise that he was quick to defend Thomas while hitting on haters who seem to have a double standard when it comes to loyalty.
Meanwhile, two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith, who's been with six teams during his NBA career shared his two cents on what he hates about this trade.
They're not players, but Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman also made some salient points about the whole issue: