When you’re a professional basketball player named after a Hall of Fame basketball player, you have to imagine that fans are going to notice. Not that it’s happened yet, but if you’re named “Michael Jordan,” you have to expect that some fans are going to get on you if you’re a 10th man averaging three points a game.
The Kings’ Isaiah Thomas knows what I’m talking about. He played his first pro game in Madison Square Garden last night, only to get booed every time he touched the ball, only because that other Isiah Thomas totally ruined the Knicks. Isaiah with an A seemed to take it pretty well though. From ESPN:
“When I used to come to [MSG], I heard them talking about firing Isiah and all that, so I knew something was going to happen,” Thomas said in the visiting team’s post game locker room. “I knew they were going to boo at least once. I didn’t think they were going to boo the whole time, but it is what it is.”
It definitely is what it is, and at least he knew something was coming. For as long as Isaiah Thomas plays basketball, people are going to think of Isiah Thomas. And for as long as this generation of Knicks fans is alive, they’ll think about an Isiah who made their favorite team in to a laughingstock of the NBA. So I guess what I’m saying is, expect a lot of boos when the Kings are in New York.
Unless, of course, Isaiah takes Spike Lee’s advice.
“He grabbed and said, ‘Us little guys got to stick together. But next time you come to New York, just change your name, [laughs]‘” Thomas said.
Great idea. He’s only had this name for 23 years, which isn’t that long. Now is a perfect time to switch things up and make a new name for himself. As long as he stays away from “Stephon Marbury” or “Eddy Curry,” things should work out just fine.