Boston Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas Uses His Sneakers to Honor Late Sister

Just a day removed from the tragic death of his sister Chyna, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas honored her memory during Sunday’s playoff action against the Chicago Bulls.

There weren’t many dry eyes in TD Garden during a pre-game moment of silence for Thomas’ sister. Heading into Game 1, there was speculation over whether or not he would suit up. But he not only played — he dominated.

Despite the Celtics’ 102-106 loss, Thomas dropped 33 points and had 6 assists, while wearing a pair of Nike Kobe Bryant sneakers customized to pay tribute to Chyna.

Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas’ Nike Kobe A.D. sneakers customized to honor his late sister Chyna.

“R.I.P. Lil Sis,” read the heel of Thomas’ green Nikes. Chyna died in a single-car accident early Saturday morning.

The touching tribute was displayed on a player-exclusive colorway of the Nike Kobe A.D. sneakers. You won’t find Thomas’ green style in stores, but other Kobe A.D. looks can be found at nike.com and Nike Basketball retailers for $160.

Nike Kobe A.D., $160; nike.com

The Bulls and Celtics will meet again in Boston for Game 2 on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas’ Nike Kobe A.D. sneakers.
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Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas’ sneakers.
Isaiah ThomasChicago Bulls at Boston Celtics, USA - 16 Apr 2017Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff series game at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 16 April 2017.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls.

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