Who can forget that memorable game 3 playoff victory against the Seattle SuperSonics at the old barn in 2005? Those times were great and Kenny Thomas had a lot to do with that victory as he finished with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while grabbing seven rebounds.
The 11-year NBA veteran, former UNM Lobo, and a Sacramento King who knew what it took to play in the playoffs, gave us an exclusive phone interview that you won’t want to miss.
Here is a short sampling:
Cowbell Kingdom – In all your years in basketball who was your favorite coach, and why?
Kenny – “Dave Bliss was my college coach; he helped me. I would have to say, I had 10 coaches in eleven years, so I had Rudy Tomjanovich, Rudy was a great coach, he just let you play. I had Larry Brown, which I still talk to from time to time, he is at SMU now. He just never stopped teaching. I used to get upset because some of the things he used to say I did not really like, but it all made sense, when it started happening, especially on the court, you know what I mean, and Rick Adelman, and Paul Westphal, guys like that, that know the game and, they’re those guys that are like living legends to me. In my mind.”
Cowbell Kingdom – Did Allen Iverson ever talk about “Practice”?
Kenny – Wow, I haven’t heard that one in a minute, (laughter) that was right before me, I wasn’t there then. Nice try on that one (laughter) I got a couple of shoes and a jersey signed by him.”
Cowbell Kingdom – You averaged a double-double in the 2003-2004 season, was that your favorite year in the NBA?
Kenny – There was a lot of moments, I mean I had a double-double, I got to play with some of the most amazing players in the world, I’ve had some of the most amazing coaches, I’ve gotten to travel to every state that has an NBA team.”