Isaiah Thomas Held At Gunpoint By Child In His Hometown

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Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas recently shared a harrowing experience in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. The 35-year-old NBA player revealed that a young child pulled an AK-47 on him and his friends. Thomas took to social media to recount the terrifying incident, which he described as life-changing.

“Really tripping on how these young kids are moving around!!!” he tweeted, “I really had a life-changing moment yesterday where a kid pulled an AK-47 out on me and the homies, and if it wasn’t for who I was and him recognizing me in my own city, he probably would’ve ended all of our lives.” Though the tweet was later deleted, Thomas’s message about safety and prayer for young people resonated deeply.

A Close Call

Thomas continued to express his shock and gratitude through subsequent tweets. “Thank you, God,” he wrote, accompanied by prayer emojis, less than an hour after sharing his story. He urged people to love their families and pray for young individuals who are being misguided. “God be with them,” he added.

Isaiah Thomas has been working to return to the NBA in recent years. This past season, he signed two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns before becoming a full-time roster member in April. However, he didn’t get much playing time, and the Suns were swept by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs.

Isaiah Thomas’ NBA Career and Legacy

Thomas’s most notable NBA stint was with the Boston Celtics from 2015 to 2017. During this period, he earned two All-Star selections and led the Celtics to a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2016-2017 season. He was third in scoring that season and made the All-NBA Second Team. Unfortunately, a hip injury kept him from playing in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, where the Celtics lost in five games.

Since Thomas’s departure, the Celtics have continued to excel. They have made five Eastern Conference Finals and two NBA Finals, although they lost the 2022 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors. This year, with a strong lineup including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and others, the Celtics secured another No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and a 12-2 record in the playoffs. They are awaiting the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Dallas Mavericks.