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Isiah Thomas

Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961 in Chicago) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, and is currently the president of basketball operations for the NBA's New York Knicks. His name is spelled "Isiah" but pronounced the same as the more common "Isaiah".

Thomas played for Indiana University and was named to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, although the U.S. boycotted that year's games. He left IU in 1981, after a sophomore year in which he led the Hoosiers to the NCAA national title; he earned a bachelor's degree from IU several years later.

From 1981 to 1994 Thomas had a stellar career as a point guard with the Detroit Pistons; among his many achievements, he was a 12-time NBA All-Star, and is the Pistons' all-time leading scorer. He led the Pistons to NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. Thomas was the owner of the Continental Basketball Association from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003 he coached the Indiana Pacers. In 2001, Isiah Thomas was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Thomas was well known for his brillant performance in the N.B.A. Finals against the L.A. Lakers. Thomas was injured during a game (twisting his ankle) but even with the almost "unbearable" pain , he continued to play and had a performance in the third quarter which almost no NBA player had acheived. He scored a record amount of points in a single quarter which was 26 points.

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