Less than a week after news that Isaiah Thomas's 22-year-old younger sister, Chyna, died in a one-car crash, the Boston point guard has broken his silence about the tragedy. On Wednesday, Thomas did so through a statement:
"I never could have imagined a day my little sister, Chyna, wouldn't be here. She and my family are everything to me, so the pain I am feeling right now is impossible to put into words. This has been without question the hardest week of my life. At the same time, I have been overwhelmed by the love and support that I have received and couldn't be more thankful to my friends, family, fans, the city of Boston, Celtics organization, and NBA community. I truly appreciate all the support you've shown me over the past couple of days and thank you for respecting my privacy as I continue to grieve and heal with my loved ones at this time."
Thomas has played in both of his team's playoff games thus far, as the one-seeded Celtics find themselves in an 0-2 hole to the Chicago Bulls. Coach Brad Stevens said that Thomas took a flight to Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday morning to be with his family for the squad's two-day break. He further added that no funeral services for Chyna have yet been arranged and that the plan is for Isaiah to rejoin the team when they head to Chicago for Game 3 on Friday evening.