Our Chicago hot shot is at it again with a continuation to his recent post regarding the injured Joakim Noah. Lets here what the man has got to say in another Runzelism.
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The Bulls recently lost Joakim Noah for 8-10 weeks due to a thumb surgery. One of his key replacements will be 38 year old Kurt Thomas. Thomas is currently earning 1.8 million, but only signed a one year deal good through the 2010-2011 season. In his career he has amassed 62.1 million dollars in 17 seasons, while never averaging over 14 points a game. So far this year Thomas has appeared in five games, and scored a total of two points in 12 minutes played. Don’t let this fool you; Thomas can play. He’s not an elite big man in this league by any means, but was an integral part in helping the Milwaukee Bucks push the Atlanta Hawks to seven games in the 2010 NBA Playoffs after Andrew Bogut went down with a broken hand. The Hawks were the clear favorites especially after losing Bogut. Thomas played great defense, averaged 28 minutes per game (compared to 15 minutes per game during the regular season), nabbed nearly 8 rebounds a game, while shooting 48% from the field.
Thomas has always been an asset to teams because of his locker room presence. As much as we love the Allen Iverson’s and Derrick Rose’s for throwing their body around without regard, something has to be said for a player that can still contribute on a playoff team at 37 years old (his age last playoffs). Year after year he has quietly accepted his paycheck and contributed when called upon. Professional basketball is a rough sport. Thomas will be an asset the Bulls are in dire need of and I expect he will perform well as the first or second big man off the bench.
Few NBA players sit quietly on the bench, perform well when necessary, and are a valuable asset to any team – Kurt Thomas is one of those guys. 18 years in any business is an accomplishment, especially one that is as taxing on the body as playing in the NBA. Don’t be surprised if Kurt Thomas finds another team to pay him another quiet 2 million next season at age 39.
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