On Saturday, it was reported Isaiah Thomas’ sister, Chyna Thomas, passed away after a car accident in their home state of Washington. The All-Star guard insisted on playing in Game 1 of Celtics’ first-round matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
He was welcomed onto the court by an emotional TD Garden crowd.
There was a bonus built into Harkless’ contract that would pay him $500,000 if his three-point shooting was above 35 percent on the season. Entering the final game he was sitting at 35.1. A single missed three would have pushed him below the threshold and had him finish the season at 34.8 percent. So he did what he had to, and didn’t attempt a shot.
It wasn’t just this game, either. Harkless didn’t attempt a single three in his final four games. By ensuring he finished with 35.1 percent from behind the line, Harkless earned a cool $500,000. You’ve got the respect the hustle. If you think this was a coincidence and Harkless just happened to not get a good look, well, think again.
Props to Harkless for pulling the “dinner’s on me” card and going to a Mexican restaurant. That’s a thrifty-ass way to pay the bill when every dish is like, $15 tops.
Naturally, people felt he did the right thing by passing up a three in a meaningless final regular season game.