Free agent Isaiah Thomas realized he was ready to return to the NBA following a recent coaching session with league stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving (both Brooklyn) and John Wall (Washington).
“These guys said, ‘Damn it, welcome back.’ You really are like yourself. “
This gave me even more confidence that I can play again. I mean, someone is in awe of my game again. No one has praised me since I played in the Celtics uniform. If I was able to hit the MVP level players, it means that my spurt, strength and speed are in place, ”- reports Thomas to The Boston Globe.
Houston announces coaching staff for 20/21 season
Houston have officially announced that John Lucas, Jeff Hornasek, Will Weaver, Rick Higgins and Desagana Diop have joined the team’s new head coach Steven Silas as assistants.
Lucas, 67, has led Houston’s Player Development since June 2016. He last worked as head coach in the 2002/03 season at Cleveland. His career record is 173 wins and 258 losses against the Cavaliers, Sixers and Spurs. He was also an assistant at the Clippers and Nuggets.
Hornasek, 57, best known for playing for Utah in the 90s, has served as head coach for the Suns (2013-2016) and New York (2016-2018). In the 13/14 season, he took 2nd place in the voting for the title of the best coach of the season.
Weaver, 36, spent last season at Sydney Australia as head coach. He also previously worked on the coaching staffs of Philadelphia (2013-2016) and Brooklyn (2016-2018).
Higgins, 33, has served as Orlando’s player development coach for the past two seasons. He is the son of former NBA player and general manager Rod Higgins.
Diop (38) was drafted 8th overall in 2001 and spent 12 seasons in the league, playing as center for Cleveland, Dallas, New Jersey and Charlotte. The specialist spent the last four seasons at the Utah coaching staff.