Isiah Thomas is particular about which photos of him are used when he is making media hits.
the two-stroke nba champion He phoned in on ESPN’s «Keyshawn, JWill & Max Show» Wednesday and took issue with the image used by the producers while they were interviewing him.
became a interesting exchange which resulted in Thomas hanging up the phone before calling back seconds later.
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«By the way, I’m looking at my photo. Come on, keyshawn [Johnson]. Are they doing that to me?» Thomas said.
Thomas objected to everyone else on the show having photos of them smiling, while his was a more serious photo.
«This is the picture they put up there of me?» Thomas said. «What are they doing to me on ESPN?
«The pictures say a lot,» he added. «And the way they got me involved in this movie…they know it’s not me.»
The image was changed mid-interview after Thomas applied, but Thomas was still not thrilled with the way he was being portrayed, eventually hanging up on the interview before promptly calling back.
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«Do you know why I’m saying ‘Keyshawn?'» Thomas said after they changed the image. «Because brother, you’re supposed to help me here.
«I’m going to call them back.»
Later in the show, Johnson and Kellerman continued the conversation about photo selection and athletes, with Johnson saying that he understood why Thomas wasn’t thrilled with the photo that was used.
Thomas, who works as an analyst for NBA TV, was recently rumored to be heading to Phoenix to take on a role with the Suns under new owner Mat Ishbia.
TNT’s Chris Haynes reported in February that Ishbia intended to bring Thomas in for a «prominent role in the front office.»
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The report was quickly denied by an Ishbia spokesperson, who told AZ Central that while Ishbia and Thomas were friends, the NBA hall of fame would not have a role within the organization.
Thomas won two championships with the detroit pistons in 1989 and 1990 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2000.