In Sacramento, the fans cheered for Isaiah Thomas as an All-Star, declaring him a most valuable player candidate.
In Phoenix, Thomas’ image adorned a game-day Suns billboard downtown.
These are not scenes from Thomas’ playing time in those cities. They are what it looked like this year when Thomas returned to the cities whose franchises discarded him for next to nothing.
Thomas’ undeterred confidence was justified in Boston, where his vision of greatness proved to be no joke.
Sacramento and Phoenix remain in the NBA’s second- and third-longest playoff droughts while Thomas could win the NBA scoring title and Boston is in the No. 2 spot in the Eastern...