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Isaiah Thomas gets buck naked for the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue

Isaiah Thomas gets buck naked for the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue

Isaiah Thomas made the bold choice to bare it all for ESPN the Magazine’s annual Body Issue, and the magazine announced Friday that the Boston Celtics All-Star point guard will appear on the cover of this year’s model.

If your workplace is one that might not look too fondly on the presentation of a mostly naked dude on your computer screen, please feel free to click on links to any of a number of different blog posts. Say, this one about 2017 No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz’s abiding love of Chick-fil-A, or this one about Knicks owner James Dolan getting heckled at his blues concert. We offer plenty of fully-clothed content options here at Ball Don’t Lie!

If, however, you’re interested in how Thomas looks in his birthday suit (with the naughty bits tastefully obscured, natch) as captured for a major national magazine, well, here you go:

In his interview with ESPN’s Morty Ain after his photo shoot for the magazine, which will be released online on July 5 and hit newsstands on July 7, the 28-year-old “Mr. Irrelevant”-turned-All-NBA selection discussed the role that weightlifting has played in his life ever since he was a child, growing up with a 5-foot-7 bodybuilder for a father, and how being deceptively strong and “compact” in his 5-foot-9 frame has “helped me take my game to another level” as a Celtic:

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Thomas joins 22 other athletes, including Chicago Cubs star Javier Baez, in this year’s issue. He’s the 12th NBA player to appear in a Body Issue, joining past models Dwight Howard (2009), Amar’e Stoudemire (2010), Blake Griffin (2011), Tyson Chandler (2012), Kenneth Faried and John Wall (2013), Serge Ibaka (2014), DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Love (2015) and Dwyane Wade (2016).

More NBA coverage:

The Vertical’s Draft Show talks with Boston’s No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum.

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Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!


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