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TWO-TIME NBA ALL STAR AND BOSTON CELTICS GUARD ISAIAH THOMAS FEATURED ON COVER OF ESPN THE MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL BODY ISSUE

Isaiah Thomas might be only 5-9, but his dominant stats for the Celtics last season meant he often seemed larger than life. And after posing for the ninth annual Body Issue, Thomas explained how his height is actually an advantage to his game.

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NOTES/QUOTES

  • I mean, the things that I'm doing -- if I were 6-5 or 6-6, it would be magnified even more, talked about even more. And that's how it's been my whole career -- my whole life. I've never been given a fair shake, even to this day. I always say nothing's been given to me; I always took what I believe is mine, and I always took advantage of the opportunity that I've got. And not to put anything against the bigger guys, but for the most part, they're handed a lot. Us little guys in the gutter, we're not handed anything. We're not given the benefit of the doubt. They always overlook us.
  • Being the last pick of the draft [in 2011] doesn't cross my mind anymore. But during my first few years, I was like, "Man, I'm about to kill this team" because I was holding it against them.
  • Being the smallest guy on the court has actually been to my advantage. When I tell people that, they always look at me like I'm crazy. But Gary Payton, years ago, told me that "the guy that's lowest to the ground usually always wins." All of the small guys who played before me and who've played during my time, they've been special in their own way. I think that's the difference between the small guys and the giants out there: When you're small, you've got to be special in some way, somehow.

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Date: 
Friday, June 23, 2017