Isaiah Thomas is breaking his silence.
The Celtics point guard released a heartfelt statement Wednesday summarizing his emotional turmoil following the death of his younger sister and thanking those who have expressed their support since the tragic single-car accident Saturday morning.
Per the team's Twitter account:
"I never could have imagined a day where 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 for my friends, family, fans, the city of Boston, Celtics organization, and NBA community. I truly appreciate all of the support you've shown me the past several days and thank you for respecting my privacy as I continue to grieve and heal with my loved ones at this time."
Chyna J. Thomas, 22, was driving her 1998 Toyota Camry when she drifted off the road and hit a Jersey barrier then a sign postaround 5 a.m. PT Saturdayon I-5 inIsaiah Thomas’ home state of Washington. Police said Chyna Thomaswas notwearing a seatbelt.
Isaiah Thomas, who has yet to speak publicly since the accident, played in Games 1 and 2 of the team'sEastern Conference playoff series against the Bulls. Celtics coachBrad Stevens confirmed Isaiah Thomas flew home to be with his family but is expected toalso play inGame 3 scheduled forFriday in Chicago.