Recently, former Celtics point guard and NBA legend Bob Cousy was interviewed about Boston’s current floor general Isaiah Thomas. Cousy was asked about his first impressions of Thomas last season after he was traded to the green and white.
Via Bill Doyle of the Telegram & Gazette:
“The first two games, he got me out of my chair. I said, ‘Holy (crap), where have they been hiding this kid?’ Because he does things that not only can’t any of the others do with the ball and his penetration and his shooting ability, but there aren’t many guards in the league who can do what this kid is doing. So boy did he have my attention.”
Clearly taken back by the high praise, Thomas replied in awe:
“He knows who I am? Bob Cousy? ...I know who he is. I’m just, I don’t know. It’s just crazy to think that somebody like that knows who I am.”
Cousy also said Thomas reminds of him of former NBA superstar Nate “Tiny” Archibald who, as the nickname would suggest, was undersized in his own right. From Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Archibald had this to say when meeting Thomas for the first time:
“He just said to continue being myself, to do what I’m doing, and if I win here, there’s no other feeling like winning in Boston,” Thomas said of Archibald’s advice.
Celtics fans should anticipate improvement from #4 this season, now with a full Brad Stevens training camp under his belt. Thomas averaged 19 points per game off the bench in 21 regular season appearances with Boston last season.
Thomas and the C’s open up the regular season at home tomorrow night against the 76ers.
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