Although former general manager Geoff Petrie left the Sacramento Kings roster full of holes and iffy talent, not every holdover from the previous regime was a blunder.
Obviously, DeMarcus Cousins has proven to be a very worthwhile addition but so has Mr. Irrelevant as Isaiah Thomas has not only emerged as a rotational NBA talent, he’s quickly shooting up the star chart.
It hasn’t been an easy road for Thomas, who’s dealt with a multitude of coaches and playing time issues but the former Washington Huskie has finally been given the keys to a starting role and could very well end up leading the league in minutes played.
The pint-sized point guard recently sat down with SLAM Magazine to talk about his game and his future, including his desire to turn the Kings franchise around:
SLAM: There have been so many changeovers during your time on the Kings, including ownership and relocation talk. What has been the adjustment playing with so many different lineups and under coaches with different schemes?
IT: It’s just the life of the NBA.
SLAM: Sometimes, yeah.
IT: Especially on losing teams, you never know what’s going to happen. There’s change always in the air and you just got to be ready for it. You got to be dialed in at all times. You got to accept change, whether for the good or the bad, you got to work your situation out. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to just turn this franchise around.
Thomas also added that he believes the Kings’ new ownership is taking the team in the right direction, citing the recent moves and suggested he plans to be the ‘best little guy’ to ever suit up in the NBA.
You’re on notice, Allen Iverson.
SLAM: Sixtieth pick in the Draft to starting point guard. What do you want your legacy as a basketball player to be? How do you want people to remember you?
IT: I want to be the best little guy to ever play.
SLAM: So you’re coming after AI?
IT: [Smiles] Yup. That’s my goal.