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Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas
Position: G
Born: 02/07/89
Height: 5-9 / 1.75
Weight:185 lbs. / 83.9 kg.
Salary: $6,912,869
You weren’t the only one shocked to hear that Isaiah Thomas had taken the fewest shots in Celtics scrimmages over the first several days of training camp. Thomas smiled when asked before yesterday’s practice just what is wrong with him. “I don’t know,” said the 5-foot-9 (former?) gunner. “I’m sick or something, right? “Honestly, I’m just taking what the defense gives me. Coach had said that to the team yesterday. I was kind of surprised, too, but I’m just really trying to make the right play each and every time down, and that’s what it’s getting me. Guys are making shots. Other guys are making plays. For me, even in these practices, they’re paying me a lot of attention, so I’m just trying to really focus in on making the right play. If I’ve got the shot or I can score, I’m definitely going to shoot it, but for the most part, if two guys are on me, trying to find that next guy that’s open.”
“Oh, don’t worry,” he said. “I’ve still got the same mindset. If I can go get 40, I’m going to go get it. No question about that. But the game’s just slowing down for me. I’ve become more of a student of the game. I watched a lot of film this summer, just seeing where I can get better at. In these practices we’ve had, it’s just making the simple play. Coach always talks about hitting singles and not trying to hit home runs, and I’m really trying to focus in on that.”
“It’s nice – it’s pretty cool – but I want it to get to the point where everyone respects me that way and everyone looks at me as that guy,” Thomas said of being widely regarded as Boston’s best player. “I want to be that guy. I’m going to do whatever it takes to [be a star] and work tremendously hard until I’m that guy. I like having that kind of pressure on me and having everything on my shoulders. That’s what I work for: to be one of the best players in the NBA, one of the best players in the world. I want to be a guy who can carry a team. That’s what everyone wants growing up – you want to be that guy. I’ll do whatever it takes to be that. If that’s my role and what the [coaches] want me to do and what this organization sees out of me, then so be it and I’ll take full advantage of that.
Team president Danny Ainge, brusquely shrugged off the issue — “that question should never be asked” — and wrote the guard’s aspiration off to the desire of every player to start. But Thomas wants to start from scratch this week. He’s tired of the question, too. “It’s not tough. I tell you all the time because you guys ask all the time,” he said. “I would love to be a starter, but it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m out there, getting the minutes I deserve, I’m all for it. I’m all for the team and what it takes to win — and that’s an honest answer.”
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