Isiah Thomas Quotes


44 Isiah Thomas quotes:



"All of those things had been talked about, suggested, rumored, as a manager and as a member of the Knicks organization, I couldn't allow myself to think that way or believe that."
"Everybody wants to be perfect."
"How can I tell the eighth or ninth man on the team that I want you to work hard every day and I want you to improve and get better, but while you're doing that you're not going to get any minutes?"
"I believe in the players and what I've put together and we'll make it work."
"I can't think of any NBA team over the last few years that lost three starters. And we replaced them basically with three guys who really haven't played in this league."
"I love what I'm doing."
"I want to see if the player communicates with his teammates and how he responds to coaching. Another thing to remember is players' bodies can develop better than their skills."
"I would still like to get more athletic and have players that can really cover what's going on in the game."
"I'll continue to try to make changes to better improve the team."
"I've been in pressure situations before. All my life it's been about pressure and having to get it done. Just because you say it publicly, it does not make me afraid of it or make me shy away from it."
"If you want consistency, then you perform. This is a performance job. You get paid to perform. Your money is guaranteed, but your minutes are not."
"Instead of me telling them what they need to work on, I wanted to hear from them what they needed to work on."
"It was important to me to believe, because if I don't believe, how can I expect them to believe?"
"It wasn't about the X's and the O's and the strategy; it was more about keeping 12 guys focused and committed to a task. That group dynamic, and then helping them to grow as people and basketball players."
"It's hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take care of themselves first. It's hard to get players to give in to the group and become selfless as opposed to selfish."
"Larry Brown thought Steve Francis was a Larry Brown type of player."
"Most players in this league say they want consistency."
"My first choice was to work it out with Larry Brown. I needed Larry and I gave him 50 million bucks. This is a situation that I'm in and I'll handle it and I'll make it work."
"My thought has always been completion. Maybe you have to rebound better, shoot better, hit free throws, handle the ball, defend better. You have to do all those things in the course of a game."
"One word is passion. They are passionate about their team. We win we're great, lose and we're the worst. But you can't overreact to the fans."



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