From an on-court, basketball perspective, Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas is the absolute truth. With a heart and passion for the game rivaled by few, the pint sized point has won over not only the hearts of Sacramento King fans, but NBA fans alike. But more then just the will to win, Thomas is a kindred spirit – a throwback if there ever was, a player you’re proud to have represent not only your team but your city. In a time where so many professional athletes are all about me, me, me – Thomas is the opposite, continually giving back to his local communities, all the while continuing his education and dealing with the duties of being a new father:
Thomas’ camp is called the “Isaiah Thomas Elite Skills Academy,” and will be held at the Henry T. Schatz Boys & Girls Club starting Monday in South Tacoma.
“I have the opportunity a lot of people don’t have to give back,” Thomas said. “And this was something I wanted to do. David Hudson (former UW player) is a great (camp) organizer … so, why not?”
The surprise in this is that Thomas has chosen to co-direct summer camps so early in his NBA career. Nobody would have blamed him for taking some much-needed time off after participating in 65 of the Kings’ 66-game schedule – easily the most games he has played during a season.
But Thomas volunteered to do the camps immediately. It started June 11 with a big-man, little-man camp in Honolulu, and has continued on to Longview (June 18-20), Issaquah (Saturday-Sunday), Tacoma (Monday-Thursday), Rocklin, Calif. (Aug. 6-9) and finishing in Liberty Lake (Aug. 20-22).
Very few times can I recall myself being “proud” of player on any of my teams, but, it’s hard not to glow when you think of Thomas as a representative of your squad. With a personality that matches his talent, I think I speak for all of Sacramento when I say the Kings got one of the best talents in the ’11 NBA Draft, and certainly, one of the best people.
Can’t wait to see what the young point has in store for the ’12-13 season.