Isiah Thomas Rumors
Former NBA star Isiah Thomas eulogized Aretha Franklin as someone who offered her advice and friendship and someone who “shifted the universe.” He laughed that in the week since Franklin died, her music is being sung everywhere, forcing people in restaurants to stop eating and spontaneously dance.
Thomas recalled how, as a young man, Franklin’s music soothed his mother when the family faced challenges, and later smiled when the soul icon would attend his Detroit Pistons games and sit near his mom. Said Thomas: “She found a way to inspire all of us with hope, love and dreams through her music. Her voice found a way to help this nation soothe and deal with its troubled past.”
LeBron James will have a front-row pew for Aretha Franklin’s funeral. The Los Angeles Lakers star is among an array of high-profile celebrities set to attend the Friday service at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas, a longtime friend of the late singer, is scheduled to speak during a ceremony that’s expected to run for many hours.
NBA Draft: Hall of Fame point guard @IsiahThomas sits down with incoming rookies @DeandreAyton, @Mikal_Bridges, and @JarenJacksonJr!
B/R: Is legacy only about rings? LeBron has been to eight straight Finals—no one has done that since the 1960s Celtics. Doesn’t that mean something? Isiah Thomas: He’s been able to dominate this era, going to the Finals for nine of the 15 years. In my lifetime, I’ve never seen this. And I’ve played against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, played against Michael Jordan. I don’t think any of us have ever seen anything like what we’re witnessing.