Isaiah Thomas. Currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers as a point guard. Back then, when he was playing for the Sacrament King's, Thomas had 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in an overtime win over the Washington Wizards to become the shortest player to record a triple-double.
But I want to talk about the time he was playing for the Boston Celtics, and during this time his sister, Chyna, died in a car accident. Losing a loved one is never easy and the day after he had the choice to play in the first game of the NBA playoffs. This game was against the Chicago Bulls and was at the Celtic's home court. In the end, he decided that he was going to play. I find this so inspiring because I felt that he played the game in honor of his sister, but I feel like it's going to be one of the reasons why he plays basketball now. On his shoes, he has writings of her name on them. His sister wouldn't have wanted him to stop playing the sport that sets his soul on fire. I have so much respect for him not only as an incredible basketball player but also just as a human being. We sometimes forget that celebrities and sports stars have lives of their own, and we only see a quarter of it. Not only does Thomas have the strength and courage to go out there and play through his grief, but I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it was for him.
But guess what, he did. And ended up dropping 33 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. I find this such an important moment to me as a person because I can apply this to my daily life. No matter what obstacles and challenges we face, you can either let that drive you or devour you.