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April 13, 2015 Updates

He told the assembled media Sunday that once he heard about the trade that shipped him from Phoenix to Boston, he started focusing on the postseason. "I honestly did,'' Thomas said. "When I came here, Isiah Thomas shot me a text that said, 'They are a game and a half out of the eighth spot,' so I felt like it was realistic. "These guys have been fighting each and every day. We've been fighting and fighting.'' ESPN.com

“I don’t understand that,” said Thomas, an analyst for Turner Sports. “They reward you now and clap for you when you miss. You get congratulated when you miss a free throw! Everybody comes in, and they slap your hand and say, ‘Hey,’ or whatever they say. What are you high-fiving him for?” In other words, the practice has its critics. Ed Palubinskas, 64, a former Olympic basketball player from Australia who has tutored players in free-throw shooting, said players who accepted high-fives after errant foul shots were quietly advertising their willingness to be mediocre. “You got the two guys behind him giving him a low-five,” Palubinskas said, “and the two guys in front of him saying: ‘Hey, it’s O.K. Don’t be sad. You’ll get the next one.’ I would say: ‘Don’t give me a high-five. I don’t deserve one.’ ” New York Times

April 8, 2015 Updates

In the third quarter Tuesday, in the midst of his fifth career season averaging a double-double with at least 18 points per game, Paul surpassed the 13,000 career point mark. By doing so, he became one of only four players in NBA history with at least 13,000 points and 6,500 assists in fewer than 700 career games. The only other players to achieve that feat? Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. “Jamal Crawford said it the other day, and I always try to make an imprint, a lasting imprint, things like that,” Paul said after the win against the Lakers. “That’s definitely a huge honor to even be mentioned among those guys.” NBA.com

March 3, 2015 Updates

Brown reportedly feuded with Stephon Marbury a lot that season, but Brown said that wasn’t quite accurate. “Let me explain something to you,” he said. “Marbury was not our problem. That’s not fair. Isiah (Thomas) and Marbury were a problem because Marbury and Isiah were connected at the hip, and there was no chance for Stephon to be able to play for me. But he was a good kid and had really no chance (of) being successful the way the dynamics worked out. A coach needs to be able to coach a team and needs the president, the owner, the GM – everybody – to be on the same page. Jim Dolan gave me every chance to be successful, but we didn’t have any unity in the way that program was run. And as a result, it struggled. “If you look at the great NBA franchises,” Brown continued, “everybody that’s successful, they’re all connected at the hip. So I feel bad that I wasn’t able to help that franchise move forward. I’m hopeful that it will now that Phil’s running everything. That’s a chapter in my life that I don’t look back on anymore because I know I didn’t have a chance to be successful.” CBSSports.com

February 22, 2015 Updates

“I think I was more excited than he was,” the 2000 Hall of Fame inductee told the Herald. “I called him first when I heard about the trade, and I told him, I said, ‘This is going to be great for you.’ I told him, ‘There’s two historic organizations in the NBA — LA and Boston — and you’re getting a chance to play for one of them.’ I told him he would love Danny (Ainge) and that he was going to be immersed in a basketball culture. I told him he was going to be around people who have won championships, who talk championship and understand championship. Not too many players are blessed with that opportunity to be around that environment. I mean, Cedric Maxwell is calling the games, and he was the MVP of The Finals. Tommy Heinsohn is doing their TV, and he’s in the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach. I told him, ‘You’re getting ready to be immersed in a basketball culture and tradition that you’ve never experienced before, and feel fortunate because it’s a wonderful opportunity. Embrace it.’” Boston Herald

January 21, 2015 Updates

“I wouldn’t have been able to stop him defensively because he is just bigger and stronger than I was,” Thomas said. “So I would have tried to frustrate him, get in his head. I would have had to frustrate him and psyche him out a little bit because physically I couldn’t beat him. So I would have to throw him off his game mentally, get him distracted. Say ‘Hey, man, (Kevin) Durant was open, you not gonna pass it to Durant? Hey, why you hogging? Durant, you’re boy ain’t gonna throw you the rock? That’s messed up.’ But then on the offensive side, he’d have to check me, too. And I think I would have got him a little bit. But I would have laying in bed the night before saying ‘What am I gonna do with this joker?’ Because when he comes full-throttle, like I said, he’s the Mike Tyson of point guards. He comes with that mentality. Comes with that anger and when you step on that floor you gotta be ready to battle him.” Oklahoman

November 28, 2014 Updates
November 17, 2014 Updates

"In these cases, I do believe that the athlete needs to be protected from himself," Thomas said Sunday. "I do believe the medical staffs should overrule when an athlete is thinking bout playing when he shouldn't play," he said. "In Derrick's case, his case is a little different. His injuries, after two years of not playing, would be different from Kobe's. He's going to have soft tissue soreness, all that stuff. I think when it's below the knees, below the waist, these first 25 games, I do think he has to be cautious. A bad ankle, or a hamstring, it does affect your balance and can be destabilizing, especially to the knees." NBA.com

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June 6, 2014 Updates

"There is no athlete on the planet who could've played through those cramps," Thomas told Yahoo Sports. "Michael Jordan absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. I absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. As an athlete, there's nothing you could do." Yahoo! Sports

On a Finals night that everyone else was a sweaty, disheveled mess, Thomas looked so unaffected and unmoved in the heat. He hadn't come to condemn this generation's superstar, but give him a comforting nod of understanding. "There's no way you could play that way," Thomas told Yahoo Sports. "People have to understand that – just no way." Yahoo! Sports

May 17, 2014 Updates

Multiple sources said Pistons Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas and the ownership group have had preliminary discussions about a minority stake in the team or even another possible role, but all cautioned such an arrangement is way down the road and it’s not a definite. But it remains a possibility. Ownership is interested in getting former players like Thomas and Bill Laimbeer involved in the organization. Detroit Free Press

May 16, 2014 Updates

Pistons legend Isiah Thomas is poised to become an investor into the franchise’s ownership group, according to multiple sources. Thomas and team officials are in preliminary discussions to make Thomas a minority owner, but the exact percentage hasn’t been agreed upon. It would make Thomas one of a few African-Americans with a stake in an NBA team. “Not a ceremonial piece, but a respectable piece,” was how a source with knowledge of the negotiations termed the potential deal. Detroit News

April 19, 2014 Updates

The Pistons went on to win their first NBA championship that season, then repeated the feat in 1990, and the rest was history – or was it? “That was 25 years ago, yet you sound today just as angry as you were 25 years ago,” Dery told Dantley. “Is that accurate?” “Well yeah; I mean, It’s not that I’m angry, it’s just that there’s no need for me to get involved with that,” Dantley responded. “Yes, I guess you could say that I’m just the way as I was 24 or 26 years ago.” Boston Herald

In the “Bad Boys” documentary, Jack McCloskey, the Pistons’ general manager at the time, denied that Thomas had a say in moving Dantley to Dallas. Dantley argues he did. “Of course (McCloskey’s) going to say what he had to say,” Dantley told Dery, then later said: “If I was kissing Isiah’s ass, I would have never got traded.” Boston Herald

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