NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas Takes a Dig at His Critics For Labeling Him as Not a “Pure” Guard

Published 12/20/2020, 1:57 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Former NBA player Isiah Thomas attends NBAPA All-Star Youth Summit: Real Talk on February 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)


Over the years, the game of basketball has evolved to a whole new level. Nowadays, teams are looking for players that can display their versatility with their game.

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However, back in the 80s, when NBA legends such as Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson used to play. Many believed in the 5 traditional positions.

In fact, people believed that NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas was not a “pure” point guard. Thomas tweeted about this, being quite vocal. “Not “Pure” I was in search of the sublime at that time in the history of our #nba game.”

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Thomas was truly a delight to watch back in the day. He used to go deep in his bag to pull off fancy moves from time to time. One can even say that Thomas was way ahead of his time.

 

Isiah Thomas reacts to basketball specialist Rashad Phillips’ updated position list

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Isiah Thomas attends 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)

NBA/NCAA prospect specialist Rashad Phillips recently released a list of basketball positions in his definition. He is of the opinion that the game has developed to a stage that the traditional 5 positions are becoming outdated now.

2-time NBA champion Isiah Thomas was quick to support Phillips regarding the list. Thomas handed an example of his own career to make his point while subtly taking a dig at his critics.

My critics said I wasn’t a “Pure” point guard and my style of play at that time was beyond their definition of description @RP3natural the word “Pure” is a very loaded word which I rejected with my voice and style of play. Let it be known!”

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Like Isiah Thomas said, he was never a traditional point guard. In fact, he was, as Phillips has described, a hybrid guard. Someone who can do much more than just facilitate the ball for their team.

Talking about the league today, someone like LeBron James comes to mind when we talk about versatility. James can do anything and everything for his team. He can score, defend, and even facilitate at an elite level.

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What are your thoughts on the re-evaluation of the basketball positions? Do let us know your views in the comments section down below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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