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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
By United Press International
Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas set to earn master's degree

Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas set to earn master's degree

BERKELEY, Calif., April 16 (UPI) -- NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas will add a master's degree, earned at the University of California, Berkeley, to his resume in May.

NBA: Dallas 117, Sacramento 112 (OT)

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Shawn Marion and O.J. Mayo both hit two free throws in the last 22 seconds of overtime Thursday to wrap up a wild 117-112 Dallas victory over Sacramento.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 30, 2012.
By United Press International

Richard Pitino named FIU coach

MIAMI, April 16 (UPI) -- Richard Pitino, son of Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, Monday was named the men's basketball coach at Florida International University.

FIU fires Thomas as basketball coach

MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- Former NBA player and coach Isiah Thomas was fired Friday as men's basketball coach at Florida International University.

Isiah Thomas calls off Knicks job

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Former New York Knicks president and coach Isiah Thomas said Wednesday he won't be returning to the NBA team as a consultant.

Mother of NBA great Isiah Thomas dies

CHICAGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Mary Thomas, mother of Florida International University basketball Coach Isiah Thomas, has died at age 87, weeks after she had a heart attack, the school said.

Report: Alex Legion transfers to Fla. Int.

MIAMI, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Former Illinois guard Alex Legion will transfer to Florida International to play for Coach Isiah Thomas.
Report: Thomas 'hurt' by Magic's comments

Report: Thomas 'hurt' by Magic's comments

MIAMI, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Former NBA great Isiah Thomas says he is "hurt" by comments made by Magic Johnson in a new book, Sports Illustrated reported.
Thomas to give year's salary to school

Thomas to give year's salary to school

MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- A Florida International official said Wednesday new men's basketball coach Isiah Thomas is donating his first-year's salary to the university.
Isiah Thomas named Fla. Int'l Univ. coach

Isiah Thomas named Fla. Int'l Univ. coach

MIAMI, April 14 (UPI) -- Florida International University Tuesday has selected former NBA star Isiah Thomas to be its men's basketball coach.
Report: Police found Thomas not breathing

Report: Police found Thomas not breathing

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The New York Daily News reported Thursday that former Knicks Coach Isiah Thomas was not breathing when police reached his home last week.

Report: Isiah Thomas hospitalized after OD

PURCHASE, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former New York Knicks president and head coach Isiah Thomas was taken to a hospital after overdosing on prescription drugs, sources say.
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Richard Petty, NASCAR racing legend and Isiah Thomas (right) Hall of Famer and President of the New York Knicks pose on June 17, 2004 after being named 2004 Father of the Year" (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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Isiah Lord Thomas III (nicknamed "Zeke") (pronounced /aɪˈzeɪ.ə/; born April 30, 1961) is the men's basketball coach for the FIU Golden Panthers, and a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1981 until 1994. He led the "Bad Boys" to the NBA Championship in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, and an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks. During the NBA's 50th anniversary, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Thomas was born on April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of nine brothers and sisters, he commuted from the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago to play high school basketball at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois for Gene Pingatore. He would wake up at 5 am and commute 90 minutes to attend the private school. During his junior year, he led St. Joseph to the State Finals. He played for Bob Knight's Hoosiers at Indiana University. In 1981, Thomas led the Hoosiers to the NCAA Tournament National Championship and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. After accomplishing this in his sophomore season, Thomas made himself eligible for the NBA Draft.

In the 1981 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons chose Thomas with the #2 pick and signed him to a four-year $1.6 million contract. Thomas made the All-Rookie team and started for the Eastern Conference in the 1982 All-Star Game.

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