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On the outside, Isaiah Thomas appears to many to be, well, still a bit of an outsider in terms of the Cleveland Cavaliers attempting to put the pieces together.
His part in the infamous team meeting before practice a week ago, high-volume shooting, questionable shot selection, turnovers and terrible defense — all understandably part of trying to find his way back after a seven-month layoff — gives the impression Thomas has not yet ingratiated himself as part of the Cavaliers.
According to one report, however, Thomas is very much attached to one of the two power brokers in the organization — majority owner Dan Gilbert (the other, of course, being LeBron James).
Ken Berger of Bleacher Report wrote a lengthy (and excellent) story on the state of the Cavaliers, written before Kevin Love suffered a broken left hand in the first five minutes of a loss at Detroit on Tuesday night. It was topped by the headline, “Cavs’ front office mistakes pushing LeBron & Co. to breaking point.”
Berger knows Cleveland and knows basketball. He began his coverage of the sports as The Associated Press’ Cleveland reporter in 1996.
And his story includes several behind-the-scenes reveals, including some on just how close Thomas and Gilbert have become.
“Thomas has become a favorite of Gilbert, and they often exchange calls and text messages, a league source familiar with their relationship told (Bleacher Report). This isn’t necessarily unusual on a team with an owner who is as involved in the basketball side of things as Gilbert is. It also isn’t great for locker room chemistry, because the rest of the players know it.”
And then, his next sentence reads:
“LeBron just looks at everybody as a shill for Dan,” a league source said.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, when asked before Tuesday night’s game in Detroit about his interactions with Gilbert, described them as “not a lot, just every now and then.”
Lue was then asked the “now and then” interactions with Gilbert are like, and Lue laughed.
“I don’t know, man.”