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Isiah Thomas Quotes

Isiah Thomas was a wonderful basketball player who once scored an amazing 16 points in a span of one minute and 33 seconds during the 4th quarter of a 1984 play-off game.

Even though the Detroit Pistons lost that game to the New York Knicks, Thomas and the Pistons eventually won two titles in 1989 and 1990.

Amazingly, Isiah Thomas is the only player, (other than his teammates), to have a winning record in the playoffs against the likes of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.

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Isiah Thomas Quotes (1-5)

  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “I do envision championship basketball and when you talk about championship basketball, you talk about a good defensive team, you talk about a good offensive team and you talk about a team that really has its act together once they step on the floor.”
  • “If you tell one guy that he’s going to play consistently, you’re basically telling the other guy that no matter how hard he works, no matter what he does, you’re not going to play him. Therefore your team can’t improve, because you’ve guaranteed guys minutes even when they’re playing bad.”
  • “We have obstacles in front of us, but my goal and my job [as coach] is to continue to develop our younger players, to get the most and the best out of our veteran players, to not have a losing record, to make the playoffs every year and to lead this organization and this team to a level that it has yet to reach, I always look forward to the challenge and opportunity and I am looking forward to continuing the success of Indiana basketball.”
  • Isiah Thomas Quotes (6-10)

  • “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.”
  • “My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “That challenge of working through it, keeping guys motivated, keeping the group together, overcoming obstacles, all of that; I really got into it.”
  • Isiah Thomas Quotes (11-15)

  • “Our goal is to win a championship. That’s the only goal.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “This is not the place for the weak-minded guy, regardless of your talent.”
  • “Everybody wants to be perfect.”
  • Isiah Thomas Quotes (16-19)

  • “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 love what I’m doing.”
  • “It’s something that I have been blessed with in terms of playing the game and being able to understand the game. Not being able to exercise that gift while I was out of the game, I really found a void in myself and a hole in my soul. I said the biggest problem that I have had in that time was that I woke up and I didn’t go to the gym. I have been successful in a lot of other areas but not having the ability to exercise the greatest gift that I have, which is basketball, you know I have missed it.”
  • “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.”

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