Isaiah Thomas shoots with a 14-year-old fan on a playground


This is just a great story. According to the Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach, 14-year-old Robbie McNulty was shooting around on a Boston playground by himself. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas and his wife happened to be at the school for a parent-teacher conference, and when Thomas saw Robbie shooting alone, he decided to go over and shoot with him.

Thomas and his wife, Kayla, were leaving back-to-school night for parents at Cambridge Montessori School, where their son Jaiden attends pre-K. Thomas saw an adult softball game taking place and told Kayla he wanted to swing a bat there. She told him that was not a good idea. Then he saw Robbie shooting baskets by himself.

“He was the only kid there,” 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.’ ”

The whole story is worth reading. This encounter with Thomas made Robbie’s entire year — Thomas didn’t have to do that, but he did, and the impact it made on a young fan will never be forgotten.