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LeBron upset over burning of player jerseys

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(TSX / STATS) -- LeBron James is no stranger to seeing a jersey burned after a basketball player has left town.

After all, he experienced it firsthand following his "decision" to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 and join the Miami Heat.

On Thursday, James posted five tweets on social media after now teammate Isaiah Thomas has been at the center of Boston Celtics fans burning his jersey on the heels of Tuesday's blockbuster deal involving fellow All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.

The burning of jerseys in videos on social media also included Utah Jazz fans doing the same to Gordon Hayward in July after the free agent forward announced he would be signing with the Celtics.

"The burning of the jersey thing is getting ridiculous now! The man (Thomas) was traded. What do u not understand? & played in a game after ...

"sister tragic death. Gordon Hayward paid (his) dues as well and decided to do what's best for him and family. Put in the work, got better ...

"Became an All-Star, etc!! If these guys weren't good, u guys would be the first to say 'get them up out of here'. Man beat it! When 'we' ...

"decide to do what best for us it's "cowardly" "traitor", etc but when it's on the other side it's "business" huh!?!? Ooh ok. Man do ...

"what u feel is best for your profession, love, family, happiness and continue to #StriveForGreatness #Salute"

Thomas joined Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 unprotected first-round pick in being sent to the Cavaliers for Irving.

Irving, who made headlines earlier in the summer when it leaked that he had requested a trade, moves on from a Cavaliers squad that reached the NBA Finals in each of the past three seasons and won a championship in 2016.

Irving joins a Celtics squad that finished first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season last season but was bounced by the Cavaliers in five games the Eastern Conference finals. Thomas missed the last three games of the series with a hip injury, and he might not be ready for the start of training camp.

Irving, 25, averaged a career-high 25.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and 5.8 assists last season. He has three years and $60 million remaining on his contract.

Thomas, a 28-year-old who finished third in the NBA with an average of 28.9 points in 2016-17, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 campaign.

Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft while Thomas was the last pick, No. 60, in the same draft.

The Celtics and Cavaliers open the season in Cleveland on Oct. 17.

Updated August 24, 2017

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