Friday, July 27, 2007

Thomas the Tutor

The Seattle Sonics acquired Kurt Thomas in the offseason, after he comes off a career low of points per game with Phoenix. Despite this, Seattle believes he will fulfill the roles of defensive stalwart and tutor to its young stars. It is believed Thomas is close to retirement so Seattle is hoping he can mentor their new young stars, especially Jeff Green and #2 draft pick, Kevin Durant.


"The Sonics got Thomas not because he averaged a career-low 4.6 points in 67 games last season for Phoenix, but because he personifies the mentality new general manager Sam Presti wants on his rebuilt team. Thomas has averaged 7.4 rebounds per game in his career and is also known for a commitment to defense.

Defense is an area that freewheeling - and free-falling - Seattle hasn't embraced in years.

"Kurt really represents the identity we are trying to develop,'' Presti said last week.

Seattle also craved Thomas' respected presence and experience in a locker room that will look more like a Romper Room when training camp opens in just over two months. He will try to impart the advice he learned from Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing, who mentored him a decade ago."

Read the full story: Mentoring Durant Could be Thomas' Final NBA Task"

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