Isaiah Thomas wants to be water. In his cell phone, the Boston Celtics guard carries a quote from Bruce Lee, the famous martial artist, actor and filmmaker. Thomas owns a collection of Lee books and appreciates many other Lee quotes. But this one’s his favorite. “I think that’s the best quote he has,” Thomas says after reading it from the screen, “because it can adapt to anything.” Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless like water. If you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Floyd Mayweather: “Floyd just thinks differently. He thinks outside the box. He always tells me, ‘Don’t let them dictate how you think.’ Think like you’re the greatest. He always tells me, ‘You’re 5-9. You shouldn’t be in the NBA. You’re definitely one of the greatest players in the world. So believe that, work hard, and understand that.’ He never wants you to fit into one particular box. He just wants you to think outside the box.”
Q: You challenged Jared Sullinger to come back in better shape this season and we all overanalyzed his role during the preseason, but now he’s emerged as the team’s best big man early in the season. Are you happy with the way he appears to have embraced that challenge? Danny Ainge: Jared has played really well. I know what he’s capable of doing. I think Jared is still so young. I think that his best basketball is still ahead of him. But I do see a lot of great progress from Jared.
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Danny Ainge: Well, I think that Amir and David have been good additions. David has helped us win a couple of big games. I think he wants to play more. I don’t think he showed up to training camp in great shape, but he’s worked really hard since he’s been here and getting himself into shape. Amir, I think, is still trying to find his way with our team. But he’s the ultimate team guy. He really cares about his teammates, he cares about winning, he cares about doing the right thing. So I think Amir has been excellent, but as the season goes on, I think he’ll get more and more comfortable with our group and with the coaching staff and he’ll be a little bit more assertive.