Isiah Thomas comparisons aren't thrown around lightly in Detroit. In fact, they aren't thrown around at all.
In spite of his trials and tribulations through the years, Thomas is still revered in the Motor City as the leader of the "Bad Boys"—you know, the 1989 and 1990 world champion Detroit Pistons teams?
There were certainly some great players on those Pistons teams, but Thomas was the face of the organization. With that effervescent smile and charm, the Detroit captain was just as likely be seen on Boys and Girls Club commercial as he was committing a flagrant foul on Michael Jordan. This is one of many reasons why he'll always have street cred in Detroit.
It took another great NBA point guard, Chauncey Billups, to guide the Pistons to another championship in 2004. When Billups was abruptly shipped out to Denver for an over-the-hill Allen Iverson, Detroit's latest run of great basketball was over, and the Pistons were, once again, leaderless.
Continue to find out what these two NCAA champions have in common.