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Isiah Thomas Quotes and Sayings

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Instead of me telling them what they need to work on,
I wanted to hear from them what they needed to work on.
- Isiah Thomas

You have to develop your whole game to completion.
- Isiah Thomas

Larry Brown thought Steve Francis was a Larry Brown type of player.
- Isiah Thomas

I believe in the players and what I've put together and we'll make it work.
- Isiah Thomas

 

We decided to go the way of trading and getting younger players.
- Isiah Thomas

My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball.
- Isiah Thomas

I can't think of any NBA team over the last few years
that lost three starters.
And we replaced them basically with three guys who
really haven't played in this league.
- Isiah Thomas

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All of those things had been talked about,
suggested, rumored, as a manager and as a member of the Knicks organization,
I couldn't allow myself to think that way or believe that.
- Isiah Thomas

My first choice was to work it out with Larry Brown.
I needed Larry and I gave him 50 million bucks.
This is a situation that I'm in and I'll handle it and I'll make it work.
- Isiah Thomas

I want to see if the player communicates with his teammates
and how he responds to coaching.
Another thing to remember is players' bodies can develop
better than their skills.
- Isiah Thomas

I would still like to get more athletic and have players
that can really cover what's going on in the game.
- Isiah Thomas

It was important to me to believe, because if I don't believe,
how can I expect them to believe?
- Isiah Thomas

Everybody wants to be perfect.
- Isiah Thomas

It's been made clear to all of us that a player should
never leave the playing field and go into the stands.
- Isiah Thomas

You're always at war with the guy on the other bench.
You pick up their patterns.
That's what I got the most out of this year.
I know what other coaches like to do.
- Isiah Thomas

The type of athletes we draft still need types of versatility
on the defense side of the ball,
run the offense.
You should still be concerned on the offense side of the ball.
- Isiah Thomas

I'll continue to try to make changes to better improve the team.
- Isiah Thomas

If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player,
then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
- Isiah Thomas

Most players in this league say they want consistency.
- Isiah Thomas

The biggest difference is in the leadership.
It was better for us.
We had more coaches and mentors to help us.
A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction.
- Isiah Thomas

I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss,
I'm going to make the next one.
- Isiah Thomas

It wasn't about the X's and the O's and the strategy;
it was more about keeping 12 guys focused and committed to a task.
That group dynamic, and then helping them to grow as
people and basketball players.
- Isiah Thomas

We decided to either try trades or just go with older players.
If you do that and let contracts expire you can be
in the lottery for about four or five years and expect your fans to be patient.
- Isiah Thomas

It's hard to get people to overcome the thought that
they have to take care of themselves first.
It's hard to get players to give in to the group and
become selfless as opposed to selfish.
- Isiah Thomas

I've been in pressure situations before.
All my life it's been about pressure and having to get it done.
Just because you say it publicly, it does not make
me afraid of it or make me shy away from it.
- Isiah Thomas

My thought has always been completion.
Maybe you have to rebound better, shoot better,
hit free throws, handle the ball, defend better.
You have to do all those things in the course of a game.
- Isiah Thomas

We were going to have to experiment,
and we needed to develop our younger players.
And a lot of the changes were because of injuries.
But that's where I give a lot of credit to the group
in terms of being able to maintain things.
- Isiah Thomas

How can I tell the eighth or ninth man on the team
that I want you to work hard every day and I want you
to improve and get better,
but while you're doing that you're not going to get any minutes?
- Isiah Thomas

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland PHOTO

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

We waste time looking for the perfect lover,
instead of creating the perfect love.
- Tom Robbins

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

We need to become good citizens in the global village,
instead of competing.
What are we competing for - to drive more cars,
eat more steaks? That will destroy the world.
- Yuan T. Lee

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find
a woman I don't like and give her a house.
- Lewis Grizzard

If everyone demanded peace
instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace.
- John Lennon

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination
to see how much he can give for a dollar,
instead of how little he can give for a dollar,
is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford

We need a data network that can easily carry voice,
instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data.
- Reed Hundt

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give.
- George MacDonald

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

Transforming a line like that makes it into a belly
laugh instead of a laugh against us.
- Terence Young

After a while I thought it didn't make any sense to use a pick.
It's kind of like typing with one finger on each hand
instead of using all your fingers.
- Kevin Eubanks

Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe,
and about what 'was' and 'were,' we present Native
American culture as a living contemporary culture.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

Success is a beast.
And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing.
You get away with more instead of looking within.
- Brad Pitt

There was so much that you could do,
instead of looking for things that you couldn't do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Men should stop treating feminists like ladies,
and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Every man prefers to look at a well-shaped woman instead of a rubber ball.
- Katarina Witt

Until you have formed the habit of looking for the
good instead of the bad there is in others,
you will be neither successful nor happy.
- Napolean Hill


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