Hall Of Famer Isiah Thomas Joins NBA TV
Detroit Pistons and NBA legend Isiah Thomas joins NBA TV as a studio analyst, also due to be a regular contributor to NBA.com. The 2000 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee made his debut yesterday in a day that saw his Pistons completely wipeout the Washington Wizards 100-68.
Although he entered the NBA a decade before I was born, Isiah Thomas is my favourite basketball player of all time. He was a true great, in an era where Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics were completely dominant. Most would remember him for his inspiring efforts in the 1988 Playoff Finals against the Lakers playing through an ankle injury to score 25 points in a single quarter of the game, an NBA Finals record which still stands to this very day.
The only thing he missed out on to close on amazing career was an Olympic gold medal. Isiah had opportunities slip in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Even with Detroit Piston’s Chuck Daly coaching ‘The Dream Team’, Isiah Thomas wasn’t named a squad member. In the book When the Game Was Ours, Magic Johnson alleged that players conspired to exclude Thomas from the Olympic Dream Team as a result of his feud with Michael Jordan.
The 12-time All-Star point guard led the Detroit Pistons to two back-to-back NBA titles in 89-90, which earned him the 1990 Playoff Finals MVP award and by 1996 he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. In such an illustrious career, Thomas has won a number of awards in the NBA but also at collegiate level for the Indiana Hoosiers of Indiana University guiding the Hoosiers to an NCAA Championship in 1981 when he was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Welcome home, Isiah.
Lakeem Greaves (@iamLAKZ)