HoopsHype Tyrus Thomas rumors

October 27, 2014 Updates

“I think if I’m in a good situation, the perception will change; I think that’s inevitable,” Thomas said. “I want to find a team that I can mesh with and add value to.” Larry Brown, Thomas’ former coach with the Bobcats, believes he can make a successful comeback into the NBA. “Tyrus has got a lot of good years ahead of him and I know he’s talented enough and cares enough to play again,” Brown said in a statement through Montgomery Sports Group. “I enjoyed my time with him, he was a great team player and I’ll do anything I can to get him back into the league.” Basketball Insiders

Thomas disappeared from the spotlight after being amnestied by the Charlotte Bobcats in July of 2013. In addition to losing his career and stepping away from the game he loved, Thomas also went through a divorce and what could have been a career-ending surgery to remove a cyst from his back. “I can’t begin to tell you what was going through my mind,” Thomas told Basketball Insiders. “It all felt overwhelming – being released, going through a divorce and then the injury that led to me ultimately having to have surgery.” Basketball Insiders

“I would wake up, pick my basketball up off the floor, bounce it around the house and say, ‘I want to play. I have something to prove to everyone who believed in me. I have something to prove to myself. I can do this,'” Thomas said. “Then, I’d wake up the next day not feeling good physically and I’d think, ‘This surgery isn’t worth it.’ I had good days and I had bad days.” Basketball Insiders

Thomas admits that he didn’t always handle things the right way during his first stint in the NBA and believes many of his setbacks resulted from immaturity and being unprepared mentally for the challenges the league would bring his way. Now, Thomas is hoping to show teams just how much he has grown up. “I was 19 years old when I first entered the NBA; it’s no excuse and I’ve owned my mistakes, but whew have I grown a lot,” Thomas said. “Over the last two years, I’ve grown not only as a player but as a person. I now realize the opportunities that, at times, I took for granted. I look back now and I was just a poor kid from South Baton Rouge. I didn’t understand then what I understand now. Everything happened at once: getting amnestied, going through a divorce and making the decision if I wanted to come back and play basketball because of the severity of the surgery. Going through all of that, I definitely grew up.” Basketball Insiders

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Frank Isola: Knicks have interest in Tyrus Thomas, who was officially released by the Bobcats today. Twitter @FisolaNYDN

July 5, 2013 Updates

Thomas was an odd bird, no doubt. He seemed flighty and Silas became so exasperated with him that they had a brush-up at the end of Silas’ final season as head coach. (That did Paul no favors, by the way, in his case to get an extension to continue coaching the Bobcats). Things went south between Thomas and Dunlap, and I’m sure Thomas contributed to that breakdown. But still: I’m inclined to think players get too much slack and coaches get too much blame, but I have to say Thomas was treated poorly. Remember when they told him he wasn’t welcome to travel with the team on a West Coast trip? That was just demoralizing. And mean. Charlotte Observer

Beat writers show up way early for games. I’d walk into arenas around 4 p.m. for a 7 p.m. tip-off and often Tyrus was either just in front of me or just behind me at the media/player entrance. I’d be mulling around, looking for information, and there would be Thomas running drills before any of his teammates were in the building. He was trying to do the right thing. Charlotte Observer

July 4, 2013 Updates

Free agent forward Al Jefferson has agreed to sign with the Charlotte Bobcats on a three-year, $40.5 million deal, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The deal has a player option in the third season, and the Bobcats will have to use their amnesty clause on forward Tyrus Thomas in order to make the deal work. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal can't be formalized until the free agency moratorium lifts on July 10. USA Today Sports

March 5, 2013 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas was told not to accompany the team on their four-game West Coast trip by team management. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Monday the front office felt Thomas’s time was better spent in Charlotte, doing some physical rehabilitation and individual on-court work, rather than be on the road with his team. Charlotte Observer

December 14, 2012 Updates

Six people, including the wife of a Charlotte Bobcats player, were arrested during a fight outside an uptown bar early Thursday morning after a party hosted by NBA star Chris Paul. The fight took place around 2:30 a.m. in the parking lot at the NC Music Factory outside of the Label night club where a party hosted by the Los Angeles Clippers star guard had just wrapped up. Jamie Patrice Thomas, wife of Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas, was one of four women arrested during the altercation. WCNC.com

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