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Isiah Thomas

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Sports Speaker Isiah Thomas is a former NBA point guard for the Detroit Pistons who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility for the honor in 2000. From being regarded as one of the best point guards to play in the NBA to now acting as the President of the New York Liberty, Isiah Thomas is truly a champion of the great game of basketball and life.

Isiah was a heralded NBA draft prospect after earning his stripes as a point guard at Indiana University under legendary head coach Bob Knight. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1981 with the #2 overall pick in the draft. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1981-1994. In the 1981-1982 season, Isiah was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team and made his first of 12 straight trips to the NBA All-Star Game. He was a part of a hard working Pistons team who became known as the Bad Boys. Isiah was the catalyst behind back-to-back NBA championship titles in 1989 and 1990. Sports Speaker Isiah Thomas finished his career as the Pistons’ all-time leader in points, steals, assists and games played.

Life after basketball has been very enriching for Isiah. He started his own holding company called Isiah International LLC. He also invested in the local real estate markets in Chicago in an effort to revive the communities that needed a face-lift. Isiah was also one of the founding members on the advisory board of Marquis Jet Partners. But he couldn’t stay away from basketball for long. He become a part owner and Executive VP of the Toronto Raptors in 1994. He left the organization in 1998 and became the first African-American to be elected to the Board of Governors of Chicago Stock Exchange. During this time Isiah also served as a lead analyst for the NBA on NBC.

Before David Stern created the NBDL, Isiah owned the Continental Basketball Association that harbored prospects for the NBA organizations. In 2000, he began his foray into coaching after accepting the head coaching job with the Indiana Pacers. 3 years later, the Knicks hired Isiah as the President of Basketball Operations. In 2006, the Knicks fired Coach Larry Brown, and owner James Dolan replaced him with Isiah. In 2008, Isiah left the Knicks and became the head coach of FIU’s basketball program the next season and donated his first year’s salary back to the school. Isiah wrapped up his coaching career in 2012 and returned to broad casting as a member of the studio analyst panel for NBA TV.

Sports Speaker Isiah Thomas is one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players of all-time and his off-court business success is equally impressive.