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Recruiting 101: Isiah Thomas explains how to make a pitch to a free agent

Published on July 2nd, 2014 by Astramskas, David | 1,444 views

Bryan Colangelo and Isiah Thomas have had their share of big signings (and big disasters) in the past and on NBA GameTime, the two discussed “Recruiting 101″ and what goes into a winning pitch to a free agent.

Like any presentation, visual aids are important – especially if you have friends, celebs and politicians in a video – and here’s a few bullet points Thomas mentioned that needs to be discussed.

  1. How he fits in.
  2. The Culture
  3. The Tradition
  4. The Legacy he will leave within that organization.
  5. How his family will fit in with the team and community
  6. What it takes to win a Championships (always a popular one)
  7. Why they need to take less money (never a popular one)

There’s some good tips in there but I’m sure Thomas didn’t have to do much when he was back in NY playing the role of Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions – throwing money at players like Marbury, Eddy Curry, Mo Taylor, Dan Dickau, the Junk Yard Dog, and he also drafted Renaldo 1 pick ahead of Rondo.  Then there’s the time he traded Penny Hardaway and Trevor Ariza to Orlando so he could put Steve Francis in a backcourt with Marbury, Nate Robinson and Jamal Crawford.  I’ll stop there but I’ll just say Thomas has never had a hard time signing players.

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