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Transcript of Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas was born April 30, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois
He was the youngest of nine
Isiah often played at the local park and without a dad to help, it was pretty hard
With hard work and dedication, Isiah made it to St. Josephs High School of Winchester, Illinois
Isiah was considered the top player looked at by college coaches at the time. One of which, was Bobby Knight; the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. When Bobby came to visit Isiah, one of Isiah's brothers, who wanted him to attend DePaul, got in a screaming argument as soon as he came through the doors. Isiah, ignoring the argument choose Indiana. He thought it would be good for him to get away from home.
When Isiah first started playing for Bobby, there was a lot of tension. Bobby thought Isiah was a talented ball hog and nothing more. Isiah proved him wrong in the next months. When Isiah showed Bobby he was good, he also showed the world. Isiah later led the team to 1980 Sweet Sixteen.
Isiah's sophomore year at college he made himself ready for the NBA. In the 1981 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons chose Thomas with the No. 2 pick and signed him to a four-year $1.6 million contract. A year later he started in the all star game.
2× NBA champion (1989–1990)
NBA Finals MVP (1990)
12× NBA All-Star (1982–1993)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1984, 1986)
3× All-NBA First Team (1984–1986)
2× All-NBA Second Team (1983, 1987)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1982)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1987)
NBA assists leader (1985)
Detroit Pistons all-time leading scorer
No. 11 retired by Detroit Pistons
NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
NCAA champion (1981)
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1981)
Consensus first-team All-American (1981)
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1980)
NBA All-Star Game head coach (2003)
Isiah created a name for the Pistons...
They were known as the bad boys through their rough playing and hard work.
Isiah's mother had nine children and without help from a father, it was even more difficult. Isiah's father was a drunk drug user. And as soon as Isiah got out of high school his mother kicked his father out.
Isiah's brothers would push Isiah to the limit. In games they would record him and after, show him what he did wrong. But their was a twist. Mostly all of them were in violent gangs and illegally drinking alcohol.
What college team did Isiah play for?
Did Isiah face any difficult problems? If so explain.
Yes, his brothers and father used drugs.