Isaiah Thomas RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 5-9 / 1.75
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Height: 5-9 / 1.75
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Several times this offseason, Isaiah Thomas has appeared to recruit big men through Twitter. Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics guard took his talents to Instagram to let DeMarcus Cousins know he is wanted outside of Sacramento. After Cousins posted a photo on the social media website, Thomas left a comment: “If they don’t want u. I know who does lol.” Without much subtlety, Thomas seems to be alerting Cousins the Celtics would like to trade for him.
The Clippers’ Crawford showed off his game Memorial Day weekend in Tacoma, Wash., (remember Crawford is from the Seattle area) at Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas‘ Memorial Day Zeke-End Basketball Tournament. The best part of this video is when Crawfords decides to try and nutmeg (go between the legs) of Boston’s Kelly Olynyk. Aside this one defender, Crawford is just too much for everyone involved. Watching NBA guys destroy lesser talent is one of the joys of summer.
This year’s NBA Finals haven’t been completely devoid of Boston Celtics. Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas tweeted a photo Sunday night of him sitting courtside for Game 5 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Joining Thomas for the occasion? None other than Floyd Mayweather.
As you might have guessed based on the “no help” comment, Thomas has not been impressed by Cleveland’s supporting cast. “LeBron just makes the game so much more easier for everybody out there on the court,” he pointed out. “It’s kind of — not embarrassing…” (Stephen A. Smith interjects that it is embarrassing) “…you said it. But he needs help. It’s sad because they’re in the NBA and they’re playing hot potato.”
During a Monday morning appearance on ESPN First Take, Isaiah Thomas said he would like the Boston Celtics to chase free-agent big men, but would only reveal one hint about which ones. “There’s two guys in the Western Conference,” Thomas said, “that are pretty good that hopefully they can make it over (to the) East.” For whom could Thomas be hoping? Well, three of the elite free-agent big men hail from the West: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan. Of those, Thomas has referenced both Gasol and Aldridge on Twitter — sparking speculation the Celtics playmaker has already started his recruiting efforts.
Thomas did not name specific players on his wish list during an interview with the Globe, but he said a rim-protecting big man would be at the top of it. “A defensive-minded player,” he said. “It’d be nice to get one of those in the draft. A lot of the big men out there could definitely help us out. But I know Danny is always up to something.”
Thomas lived in a hotel after being acquired in a February trade with the Suns, and he has still yet to purchase or even lease a home in Boston, so it has been difficult to get past a feeling of temporariness. But a recent conversation with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was both comforting and compelling. “Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball. It means a lot, and it’s a mutual respect we have. Now, hopefully, we can get a few guys.”
Thomas was asked on Wednesday how he expects fans of the Liberty to reconcile his role as president with his role in the sexual harassment suit. “I was president of the New York Knicks, I was not the president of Madison Square Garden,” Thomas said. “Madison Square Garden is a corporation … so when the jury had an opportunity to find, they find Madison Square Garden (responsible).” Thomas added: “The message to the fans of the Liberty (is) come out and enjoy the game. Come out and watch … There’s a great movement that’s happening in this country and it’s called women’s basketball. And people should come and watch it.”
Isiah Thomas, who on Tuesday was named president and part owner of the New York Liberty, says he will continue to deny culpability for his role in a 2007 sexual harassment case when addressing the issue with the WNBA Board of Governors. His ownership is pending approval by the league. “If people want to continue to believe in the falsities, I can’t speak to that. I can only speak to the facts,” Thomas told ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike.
Ironically, in Jackson’s first season as president, he topped that record of futility by going 17-65. Dolan has continued to publicly support Jackson, but has seemed to want to repair Thomas’ damaged reputation, for which he feels responsible. “My relationship with Phil has always been great and respectful,’’ Thomas told WFAN. “I have great respect for Phil Jackson as well as everyone else here. He’s accomplished, he knows what he’s doing and he’s a great basketball mind. I think everyone should be happy that he’s there.”
Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard who served as president of the Knicks for five years, was evasive when asked if he had an interest in returning to the NBA. “I am interested in basketball, period. You never know where life takes you,” Thomas said. “I make no plans. I didn’t plan to end up here.”
“We’re all men here and we don’t need to cry and tell you guys,” Thomas said after the game. “It is what it is. It’s playoff basketball. We don’t want to hurt anybody, but things happen and you got to move forward.”