Isiah Thomas Quotes

44 Isiah Thomas quotes:

"That challenge of working through it, keeping guys motivated, keeping the group together, overcoming obstacles, all of that; I really got into it."
"The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction."
"The type of athletes we draft still need types of versatility on the defense side of the ball, run the offense. You should still be concerned on the offense side of the ball."
"There is not a player on this roster now, who doesn't understand or believe that if he is not performing, I don't have problems getting rid of them."
"We decided to either try trades or just go with older players. If you do that and let contracts expire you can be in the lottery for about four or five years and expect your fans to be patient."
"We decided to go the way of trading and getting younger players."
"We needed Larry Brown. Me more so than anyone. I wanted Larry to do a great job for us and I thought he would and I thought he could."
"We were going to have to experiment, and we needed to develop our younger players. And a lot of the changes were because of injuries. But that's where I give a lot of credit to the group in terms of being able to maintain things."
"Where we sit now, I don't think we have the luxury of the 20 teams before us. I think we are going after the best players we can get on the board."
"You have to develop your whole game to completion."
"If it fills a need, if it fills a rebuilding situation. And my goal is to fill and rebuild and I am not going to be shortsighted."
"If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life."
"My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball."
"It's been made clear to all of us that a player should never leave the playing field and go into the stands."
"The situation was addressed in-house, and we gave Coach the option to suspend Marbury, fine him. Whatever discipline he felt was necessary, we were willing to take. He said he didn't think that would be appropriate because he didn't want to single [Marbury] out and it was a good opportunity to coach him."
Author: Thomas Quotes Category: Discipline Quotes
"He never really was diagnosed with what everyone said he had, what Hank Gathers had. No doctors said he had that. Everyone said, 'If he has that, then this could happen.' All of a sudden they quit saying 'if' and said he had it."
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"Not often can you say with certainty that you've added one of the best to your organization in any position."
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"Out of respect for his privacy and what he and his family are dealing with, we won't comment on any of his personal issues or things that are happening."
Author: Thomas Quotes Category: Family Quotes
"This is a trade that we all feel makes us a better basketball team for both now and in the future. In Steve, we add an All-Star caliber player to our team without giving up core assets that are key to our future."
Author: Thomas Quotes Category: Basketball Quotes
"My job is to make sure in all the chaos you can still see the flowers, you can still see the good things happening."
Author: Thomas Quotes Category: Chaos Quotes

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