Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
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Isiah Thomas coaching the New York Knicks
Personal information
Born (1961-04-30) April 30, 1961 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Joseph (Westchester, Illinois)
CollegeIndiana (1979–1981)
NBA draft1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1981–1994
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2000–2012
Career history
As player:
19811994Detroit Pistons
As coach:
20002003Indiana Pacers
20062008New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points18,822 (19.2 ppg)
Assists9,061 (9.3 apg)
Steals1,861 (1.9 spg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, the 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has also been a professional and collegiate head coach, a basketball executive, and a broadcaster.

Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers, leading them to the 1981 NCAA championship as a sophomore and declaring for the NBA draft. He was taken as the second overall pick by the Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft, and played for them his entire career, while leading the "Bad Boys" to the 1988–89 and 1989–90 NBA championships.

After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks. He was later the men's basketball coach for the Florida International University (FIU) Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012. In early May 2015, amidst controversy, Thomas was named president and part owner of the Knicks' WNBA sister team, the New York Liberty, subsequent to the re-hiring of Thomas's former Pistons teammate, Bill Laimbeer, as the team's coach.[1][2][3]

Early life

The youngest of nine children, Thomas was born on April 30, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in the city's West Side. He attended the private St. Joseph High School in Westchester, which was a 90-minute commute from his home.[4] Playing under coach Gene Pingatore, Thomas led St. Joseph to the state finals in his junior year, and was considered one of the top college prospects in the country.[5]

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