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Isaiah Thomas Didn’t Want to Personalize Handshakes While Playing for the Cavs

Who would have thought that the Cleveland Cavaliers would be playing the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals around the end of 2017 and start of 2018? The Cavs at one point looked like a team that was defeated game after game and had no shot at being in the NBA Playoffs.

Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert decided to shake things up drastically at the NBA Trade Deadline in February.

Former Cavs point guard, Isaiah Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers but even three months after being traded away from the Cavaliers, news continues to surface on the type of teammate Thomas was in Cleveland.

According to The Score, Thomas was not a big fan of the teams’ personal pregame handshakes.

Cavs Forward Kevin Love had this to say about the team’s handshakes and not being a fan at one point:

“I’m not sure at what point I’ll become too old to have a handshake like that with someone. But it shows you where we came from, and that we went to battle together.”

On the court and off the court Isaiah Thomas and the rest of the Cavaliers didn’t seem to be a good fit. Remember when rumors swirled around that Thomas was the person to call out Kevin Love for leaving a game early because of an illness and was targetted by the former Cavs point guard.

Love was one of the people that was excited to include Thomas in the teams’ ways following the injury Isaiah suffered for the first few months of the season.

Thomas reportedly said the following about personalized handshakes at a practice:

“That’s not what I do. I just score the basketball.”

Love was excited about the possibility of coming up with a personalized handshake with Thomas.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on

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