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LeBron, Kobe & More Praise Isaiah

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LeBron, Kobe & More Praise Isaiah

Find out how NBA All-Stars have been impressed with No. 22’s talent and will to win.

In the midst of a standout sophomore campaign, Isaiah Thomas continued to turn heads around the League, notching 18 points and a game-high-tying 10 assists in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

On Saturday, numerous NBA All-Stars raved about the Kings guard’s resilience, evolving game and strong leadership.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James

On his impression of Thomas:

“I think he’s very good. I think the best thing about what he’s doing is he’s using the motivation from being drafted last as fuel. Every time he goes out on the floor and (plays against) every team that passed up on him, he’s using that as fuel to say, ‘I have something to motivate me every single night.’ It’s an awesome thing. He goes out and he proves it … I saw he played well (in the Rising Stars Challenge).”

L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

On his impression of Thomas:

“He has fantastic potential. He’s extremely quick, very crafty, he has an outside game and can get to the rim as well, so I think he has tremendous upside.”

L.A. Clippers guard Chris Paul

On his impression of Thomas:

“Isaiah’s great – he can hoop, he’s solid and he’s a leader. That’s the biggest thing that I know (about) Isaiah – he really knows how to lead a team. I think he’s only going to get better as more time goes on.”

On Thomas’ skill set:

“He’s quick, he can shoot it and he has a nice pace to him. He actually came to my Elite Camp when he was in college, so I’ve known Isaiah for a while.”

N.Y. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony

On his impression of Thomas:

“He’s a little guy with a big heart (who’s) not afraid of the moment, not afraid to make plays. I like that about him.”

On Thomas’ skill set:

“First of all, he’s small (and) crafty with the ball. It’s always hard to guard a lefty. So, being a lefty, being that small and being able to do the things he can do make it tough (to defend him).”

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving

On Thomas’ performance in Rising Stars Challenge:

“Isaiah was doing what Isaiah does – scoring, passing, getting everybody involved. I thought he was trying to go for the scoring record (at first).”

On his impression of Thomas:

“I’m really impressed. Sixtieth overall pick, he was undervalued, came in and proved something, and that’s what he’s doing now.”

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  • che

    Keep doin da work I.T. Sac is behind u all da way wit u leadin our team there aint no reason we cant make a run for a title even if we have all odds against us show everyone dats countin us out show em we r the kings n dis is our kingdom we crack crowns we never back down no matter who it is lebron melo cp3 or kobe sacramento is on ur guyes side to the fullest make us proud to have a great bunch of talented ballers to represent us

  • Jwood

    congrats Isaiah!!!! I think u are one of the best PGs ever and I can see u winnin championships I was so exited to meet u at the kings game and now I know that you are a great baller and a great guy

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