Isiah Thomas Rumors
NBA Hall of Famer and New York Liberty general manager Isiah Thomas has been a close adviser and mentor to Brown, league sources said. NBPA attorney Ron Klempner is expected to work closely with Brown on his representation needs, sources said. There’s little, if any, room for negotiation in rookie contracts, and Brown wants to take time to learn the industry before eventually committing to an agent, sources said. The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has slotted salaries for first-round draft picks, although many agents don’t take commissions on those first deals for high-level players.
Isaiah Thomas: Right after I got traded to Boston, I got a text from Isiah Thomas — the older one. It said, “This is the best thing that will ever happen to your career.” I didn’t really know what he meant by that. So I called him up, and he broke it down for me. “Now you’re gonna experience what real basketball is like, what real fans are like, what a real organization is like,” he said. “And they’re gonna fall in love with you more than any place you’ve ever been.” Honestly, I still didn’t know what he meant. Playing in Boston is just one of those things you can’t prepare yourself for. You can’t understand it until you experience it. Now I get it.
It’s been an incredible basketball odyssey that has taken him from the Pacific Northwest to New England and back across the country again. One wonders, in the wake of all this success and validation, if that legendary chip on his shoulder might be dissolving ever so slightly. “Nooooo,” Thomas says. “It’s honestly getting bigger. For some reason people think this is a fluke. I’ve never been given anything. I’ve earned everything. I’m going to make sure my team continues to win and the next thing is trying to lead a team to a championship. It sounds far-fetched right now but making the All-Star Game sounded far-fetched to some people.”
“If you go look at my sixth-grade highlight tape, it’s on YouTube, you’ll see the same moves,” Thomas says. “Everybody that’s seen me play, they laugh about how good I’m doing. Even (Washington) Coach (Lorenzo) Romar, he’ll call me and be like, ‘Bro you’re doing the same move at the highest level possible.’ And it’s working.”
“People always tend to fall in love with me,” says Thomas, with a sense of confidence that would be absolutely unattractive if not for his inspiring style of play. “I think for the most part it’s because I’m small and a normal guy. I’ve just always loved this game and it was fun to me. So me smiling and being happy, it’s just me being me.”
And it was Isiah Thomas who encouraged Isaiah following the Feb. 19, 2015, trade from the Suns, unknowingly becoming a Celtics booster by telling Isaiah he could lead Boston to the playoffs and carry the organization on his back — quite similar to what Iverson did in Philadelphia. “I was pretty excited about the trade,” Isiah Thomas said. “He goes, ‘I don’t understand, why you so excited?’ I told him, ‘Going to Boston is going to be the best thing that ever happened to you. You’re getting to walk into tradition, you’re getting to walk into history, you’re getting ready to walk into what basketball in America really stands for and feels like. You should be honored to put on a Celtic uniform.’ From that day, the people of Boston embraced him and the rest is history.”