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Philly Inquirer: Trade to Philly came as a surprise to Thomas

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Dave2000, Dec 21, 2002.

  1. Dave2000

    Dave2000 Contributing Member

    Aug 4, 2001
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    Havent seen it on here, if its been posted, please delete. Anyways, I am surprised that he was surprised. I honestly thought he knew all along he was being shopped around. Anybody see him at the Heat game on Mon. Him and TMo had the STRAIGHTEST faces I have EVER seen after somebody getting the into overtime at the buzzer. I dont know, maybe its just him. I even recalling his interview on Media day, he seemed pissed off. But then again, KT sounds like a guy who is to himself.


    Sixers Notes | Trade to Philly came as a surprise to Thomas
    By Ashley McGeachy Fox
    Inquirer Staff Writer

    He looked unsure going through pregame drills in his black-and-blue 76ers warm-ups. Nearly 48 hours after being traded from Houston to Philadelphia in a three-team deal, Kenny Thomas was still, as he put it, in shock.

    About 5 p.m. Wednesday, before the Rockets took on Indiana, Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich called Thomas, who was taking a pregame nap. Thomas started shaking at the news that he had been traded.

    "I'd never been traded," he said before the Sixers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers last night. "This is like a different point in my career, and the whole thing is that we were pretty much packed at [power forward] and I had a great year last year, so I guess Rudy thought he had to get rid of somebody, and it was me.

    "I'm still in shock. I don't know how I'm going to react out [on the court]. It's kind of like coming out of college again. It's just a change I've got to go through, and my family's going to be here to help me. I don't know when they're going to be here, but I'm looking forward to being here."

    Despite a hot rumor that Thomas would be in the starting lineup last night, he was not. Aaron McKie began the game guarding Rick Fox at small forward, with Keith Van Horn getting Samaki Walker at power forward and, of course, Todd MacCulloch on Shaquille O'Neal at center.

    Admittedly nervous beforehand, Thomas was the fourth Sixer to come off the bench. He entered the game with 10 minutes, 59 seconds left in the second quarter, after Greg Buckner had been hit across the face by the Lakers' Robert Horry.

    Three possessions later, playing alongside Eric Snow, McKie, Brian Skinner and Derrick Coleman, Thomas had a play called for him. Thomas missed a hook shot, but Coleman tipped it in to pull the Sixers to within 29-28. Those were two of the eight straight points that gave the Sixers a 32-29 lead.

    Thomas scored his first points as a Sixer a few minutes later on a nice drive, making the score 34-31.

    He did have a nice 2001-02 season, his third in the NBA after the Rockets picked him 22d in the 1999 draft out of New Mexico. In 72 games, Thomas averaged a career-high 14.1 points as well as 7.2 rebounds. In 20 games this season for Houston, he was averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 boards.

    Although he has logged more professional minutes at power forward, Thomas said that Sixers coach Larry Brown told him that he would play small forward at least until Monty Williams is healthy, which won't be for at least another week.

    "I just want to be on the court and play basketball," Thomas said.

    Thomas said that he has spent at least the last three summers working out in Philadelphia because his former agent recommended it. So he knows a lot of the Sixers - including Allen Iverson.

    Asked what he thought about getting to play with Iverson, Thomas compared it to playing with Rockets guards Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley.

    "He does get a lot of shots," Thomas said. "Basically, I had that in Houston with Steve and Cuttino and when Yao [Ming] came in. That's why I wasn't getting as many touches as I did last year.

    "But I think I've seen Allen pass the ball. I think he's gotten a lot better as far as passing the ball, and I think he wants to win. Playing with him and against him in the summer, he looks like he's the type of person who wants to win."
  2. codell

    codell Contributing Member

    Aug 26, 2002
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    Was KT implying that Steve and Cuttino dont pass or was he just implying that Iverson has become a better passer and overall team player?

    Discuss amongst yourselves. :D
  3. SLA

    SLA Member

    Dec 19, 2002
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    Well then...Kenny Thomas got a lot of playing time on Friday against the Lakers and was himself. He scored 11 points. He looks exactly the same except he's number 9.

    Okay...Allen Iverson had 9 steals but was 11-33 and missed at least 6 free throws. He is still amazing and can be an MVP but Steve Francis has been passing a lot more.

    Terence Morris and Eddie Griffin have no emotions at all. They are the funniest guys ever. You gotta love Griffin. He doesn't get happy when he blocks someone and when makes a shot...he just goes back to defense. They have no emotions at all. They probably do, but not in public.
  4. LegendZ3

    LegendZ3 Contributing Member

    Nov 6, 2002
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    well, obviously he never logon to clutchcity.net this season. :D :D :D
  5. Xenon

    Xenon Contributing Member

    May 28, 2002
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    I watched part of the 76'ers game last night. It was the same KT as always. As soon as he got the ball, you know he was take the shot. Apparently that is what Philly wants though. His shooting percentage isn't terrible, so it looks like he is gonna be happy there. I've got him on my fantasy squad, so I hope he continues to get alot of minutes. :)
  6. DavidS

    DavidS Contributing Member

    May 17, 2000
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    Yeah, I remember that too. KT was pissed on Media Day because
    they hadn't reached an agreement with his contract. Also, he could
    have been pissed about starting at the 3 spot.

    He should have seen this coming.
  7. TheFreak

    TheFreak Contributing Member

    Feb 18, 1999
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    Wouldn't you be surprised if you were clearly outplaying everyone else at your position on the team, and then were traded?

    Anyone know anything about KT's family? He's mentioned them before. Does he have a wife, kid, etc? Is he talking about his mom, brothers, sisters? Anyone?
  8. Kim

    Kim Contributing Member

    Feb 17, 1999
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    During the Lakers Philly game, the commentators quoted K9 as saying he was "trembling" when Rudy T called his house to tell him about the trade, because K9 said Rudy never called his house before. He said Rudy game him the opportunity to say bye to his teamates. And right before the game, he was still in shock.

    As for the game: same old KT...blowing lawups, spinning to the hole, making bankers, screaming "oh" when he misses, and hustling to the offensive boards. I hope they treat him well in Philly.
  9. SA Rocket

    SA Rocket Contributing Member

    Jun 30, 2001
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    They must've decided not to include the last part of his statement on this topic. He went on to say," although I did my best to ignore Yao when I did get my hands on the ball. I figure a veteran shouldn't have to defer to a rookie, but I guess Rudy didn't agree. He probably flipped a coin to see who'd go. Yao stayed and I'm gone."
  10. thumbs

    thumbs Contributing Member

    Apr 11, 2002
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    Although he has logged more professional minutes at power forward, Thomas said that Sixers coach Larry Brown told him that he would play small forward at least until Monty Williams is healthy, which won't be for at least another week.

    Considering K.T.'s heart and skills, Monty Williams will be a healthy pine rider.

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