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Isiah Thomas


1961 Born April 30 in Chicago to Isiah Lord Thomas II and Mary Thomas
1979 Graduates from St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois
1979 Represents United States in Pan American Games in Puerto Rico
1979 Joins Indiana Hoosiers basketball team coached by Bobby Knight
1981 Leads Hoosiers to the NCAA title
1981 Is the No. 2 pick in the June NBA draft, taken by the Detroit Pistons
1985 Marries Lynn Kendall
1987 Graduates from Indiana University on Mother's Day with a degree in criminal justice
1989-90 Leads Pistons to back-to-back NBA championships
1993 Purchases printing franchise American Speedy
1994 Tears Achilles' tendon, decides to retire
1994 Becomes part-owner and general manager of the Toronto Raptors
1997 Begins work as NBA analyst and broadcaster for NBC
1999 Buys controlling ownership of the nine-team Continental Basketball Association for $10 million
2000 Becomes head coach of the Indiana Pacers

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