Isiah Thomas Rumors
“I’d be remised to say as I said then, I’m very disappointed that I wasn’t on the team and from a body of work standpoint, all you can do as a player is do your best out on the floor and win,” said Thomas. “And then when it becomes time for people to judge and you have selection committees and everything else, the politics of it you have no control over, but the things I did have control over in terms of winning and winning championships, those are the things I had control over and was proud of. “Would have I liked to have won a gold medal, absolutely. In the 80’s the Olympics were boycotted because of Russia invading Afghanistan and then for a period of time they didn’t allow professional players to play. Some things just aren’t meant to be and I guess the Olympics for me wasn’t mean to be.”
Price missed Game 1 of that series with a groin injury. The Cavs lost and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. They almost did, but it wasn’t to be — as the shot that buried the Cavs helped propel Jordan to his status as the measuring stick for basketball greatness. “The next season, we traded Ron (for the draft rights to Danny Ferry), and that hurt us,” Price said. “I felt like other than the Lakers, and maybe the Pistons with Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, we had the best backcourt in the league.”
Around 80 players visited the new office in midtown Manhattan, which covers 47,000 square feet over two floors. It’s the only location in Manhattan that resembles an NBA training center. The rookies got a tour of the gym, locker room, soon-to-be-completed basketball court and hydroworks area (hot/cold tub and underwater treadmill). They also checked out the players’ lounge (with pool and ping-pong) and multiple business rooms (technologically-equipped) where they can conduct meetings to advance their careers on and off the court. In addition, they met with and heard from NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, NBPA President Chris Paul, other staff members in breakout sessions, and former NBA legends Isiah Thomas and Spencer Haywood. Here’s our behind-the-scenes video feature on the NBPA’s Rookie Transition Program, while highlighting our new office for players.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Larry Brown, Julius Erving and John Thompson for Allen Iverson. And as Shaq hoped, Dr. J, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell and Isiah Thomas.
The Hall of Fame now awaits, with O’Neal being inducted in a class that includes Allen Iverson, Yao Ming and Tom Izzo, among others. O’Neal told The Vertical that he has chosen four Hall of Famers – Isiah Thomas, Julius Erving, Bill Russell and Alonzo Mourning – to present him in Friday’s ceremony. In 19 seasons, O’Neal earned four championships, three Finals MVPs, one league MVP and 15 All-Star honors, and is seventh on the all-time scoring list.
76ers announced that No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons was sitting out Wednesday’s summer league game to rest, and that got Isiah Thomas’ attention. First, Thomas retweeted it. Then he went off on Simmons on NBA TV, ripping him for standing around taking selfies with fans and insisting “He should be playing tonight.” “You’re 19. Earn your money, get on the floor and play,” Thomas said.
When the focus turned to free agents and the club’s ability to attract them, Thomas was very direct. “You know what? Boston recruits itself,” the Hall of Famer said. “I mean, it’s a city and a place that you want to play in and want to be there. Even though we had battles with the Celtics, I get mad love whenever I come to Boston, and whenever I’m around the city and in the restaurants and whatever, it’s . . . you know, they root like hell against you, but they respect a competitor and talent and the game that you brought.