Isiah Thomas back in NBA, as analyst


isiah-thomasIsiah Thomas is back in the NBA, this time as a studio analyst for NBA TV, NY Times reported.

He will not be a regular contributor but will make several appearances a month on the network and will contribute to NBA.com, according to a statement.

The hiring brings an informal end to Thomas’s four-and-a-half-year absence from the NBA after his dismissal by the New York Knicks in 2008.

It is the longest he has been out of the league since he was drafted in 1981.

Thomas, a 12-time NBA All-Star, and 2-time NBA champion played in 979 NBA games (971 started) – all for the Detroit Pistons.

Thomas averaged double figures in scoring in all of his seasons in the NBA. He averaged double figures (scoring and assists) in 4 straight seasons.

From 1994, when he retired as a player, through 2008, Thomas stayed attached to the NBA as either a team executive, a coach or a television commentator, with a two-year break to run the Continental Basketball Association from 1998 to 2000.

The Knicks fired Thomas as president and coach in the spring of 2008 after a disastrous four-and-a-half-year tenure.

The owner, James L. Dolan, tried to rehire Thomas as a consultant in 2010, but the NBA nullified the deal because Thomas was coaching at Florida International University. The university fired him in April.

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