Turner Names Isiah Thomas To Roster Of NBA TV Studio Analysts
Turner Sports yesterday announced that Isiah Thomas will join NBA TV as a studio analyst, making his debut during Friday's "AutoTrader.com Pre-Game Show." He will make several appearances on the net each month and will be a regular contributor to NBA.com (Turner Sports). In N.Y., Bob Raissman noted Thomas is making his second foray into TV, having appeared on NBC's NBA coverage after he left the Raptors in '98. Thomas "worked occasionally as a game analyst but was primarily used in the studio." His past performance “didn't exactly receive rave reviews,” as he was “stiff and didn't exactly offer incredible insight” (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 12/19). AWFUL ANNOUNCING’s Matt Yoder wrote, “Much like Matt Millen, it's tough to see Thomas have any great credibility with viewers thanks to his many jobs and high-profile failures in recent years. Yes, he's a Hall of Fame player, but can he get anyone watching to actually remember those days in analyzing the league and convince people he really does know something about basketball?” (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 12/19).