While many players have come through the California capital and become fan favorites, few have done so at the level of Isaiah Thomas. Given that, many were upset to see the pint-sized point guard was signed-and-traded to the Phoenix Suns and questioned as to why such a move was made.
Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive gave a bit of insight as to such on Saturday afternoon during an interview with NBATV.
Speaking with Rick Kamala and Derek Scott, Ranadive suggested that while he loved Isaiah Thomas it was more of a decision from the front office as they focus on the franchises ‘position-less’ basketball philosophy.
“Well I’m a huge Isaiah Thomas fan but at the end of the day I’ve surrounded myself with people way smarter than me – I’m the dumbest guy in the organization,” said Ranadive. “So, we have a brand of basketball we’re going to develop. I call it ‘position-less’ basketball where we want to move the ball around where you have strong defense but you move the ball around. We would have loved to have kept Isaiah but the basketball brain trust did what they did and I have great love for Isaiah and wish him luck. He’s just a great kid and he did a lot for the Sacramento Kings.”
Before the interview came to a conclusion, Ranadive gave Thomas another bit of brief praise, suggesting that once a player comes through Sacramento they’re a King for life and suggested the same rings true for Thomas.