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Isiah Thomas coincidentally hosts pro exhibition

Posted on: September 30, 2011 2:22 pm
By Matt Norlander

Why, I never!

Isiah Thomas is hosting LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant and a horde of other All-Star players in an exhibition game? You'd almost convince yourself Thomas has a vested interest in NBA basketball. With the NBA lockout most likely pushing its way into the regular season -- and what a great thing that would be for college basketball -- all these great players seem pretty bored. Dudes just wanna get on a court and game.

So Florida Internationl will host the "South Florida All-Star Classic" next Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The good, no-brainer aspect: the game's in the name of charity. Proceeds will go to Mary’s Court Foundation, which the FIU press release states is "a foundation established in honor of Coach Thomas’ mother, the late Mary Thomas."

Mary Thomas died in January of 2010 at the age of 87.

“This will be a great event for FIU and the South Florida community,” Thomas said in a statement. “We are thrilled that some of the world’s greatest basketball players will put on an entertaining show here at FIU. It’s also fulfilling to know that this is being done for a good cause. I can’t thank LeBron, Dwyane and Chris [Bosh] enough for helping put this together.”

Tickets, which range from $50 to $100, are on sale Monday, and no doubt this event will draw a capacity crowd. It's effectively an all-star game in October.

Would this be happening if Thomas was not the coach? Doubt it. So there are some benefits that have come with him spearheading that program. Still, the conflict of interests Thomas has with college basketball and a widely speculated desire to return to the NBA are on full display with this charity game. 

The fans and NBA players will enjoy this, of course. Pretty much everyone will. It's a great idea. But that doesn't mean Thomas, again, looks motivated in areas outside of college basketball.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:57 pm

Isiah Thomas coincidentally hosts pro exhibition

This is ridiculous.  There is only one coach alive who wouldnt "bolt" to the NBA if the opportunity presented itself - Coach K - and he didnt spend the last 30 years of his life in the NBA like Isiah has. 

Scrutinize his motives all you want - if he does want to go the NBA, thats his right.  Any other coach would be congratulated - only the inexplicably ignorant would hold it against Thomnas if the opportunity comes his way and he took it.

As it stands today, he is the coach at FIU and he is fulfilling his obligation.  On top of that he just spearheaded an effort that raised $100,000 in charitable donations to the University throiugh a foundation that he set up for his dead mother.  I'd wager that you've never done anything that generous for your employer.

I'd ask you to give the man the respect he's due but you'd probably respond with some pithy comment suggesting that you dont respect evil people, when in reality you dont know the man and ghe's never done anything to you personally.  So instead,  I'll just say this.  Grow up.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:45 am

Isiah Thomas coincidentally hosts pro exhibition

 using FIU to advance his own career, and will bolt for the NBA as soon as he can get back in...

this is still America right?...what lower tier coach isn't looking for better jobs down the road?

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:37 am

Two schools of thought

School one: Isiah is simply doing a charity event with no ulterior motive, and his sole purpose at FIU is to build the basketball program there.
School two: Isiah is a snake in the grass who is using FIU to advance his own career, and will bolt for the NBA as soon as he can get back in.
I guess the inscrutable Isiah is the only one who knows for sure. 

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