During Isaiah Thomas’ trip abroad for the NBA 3X Spain three-on-three basketball tournament last month, the Celtics guard conducted an interview with Spanish newspaper Diario AS as a precursor to the team’s preseason game against Real Madrid on Oct. 8. He touched on subjects as wide-ranging as DeMarcus Cousins and Floyd Mayweather.
Here are a few highlights roughly translated from the original interview.
When will we see the Celtics fighting for another ring?
“In the next two years. That is the plan. Danny Ainge is trying to build a winning team from scratch. I hope to be part of that future and reach that goal.”
And so, what is the way to go?
“As easy as getting us a couple more good players. That is what we need. I hope that this summer we can do really well in the market for free agents, which already being a playoff team will take us to the next level. The most important thing for us is getting a big man and starting from there to continue to grow. I’d like to be able to persuade Marc Gasol to come to the Celtics.”
NOTE: Keep in mind, this interview was conducted prior to free agency and shortly after Thomas joked on Twitter about recruiting Gasol during his trip to Europe.
And DeMarcus Cousins?
“[Laughs.] It would be something special to join him in the locker room again. For me, he is among the best big men in the world: He is intelligent, and there aren’t many big men with his talent …”
Would you like to rejoin him?
“Who knows! I think that once you land in Boston, you realize how special it is. When you say it may not be so attractive [to free agents], but when you play there and see the fans, all the tradition and the history of the Celtics, you fall in love.”
What can you say about your coach, Brad Stevens?
“He is a basketball mind and an outstanding coach, but even better as a person. He works very hard, comes to training before anyone else and is the last to go. He has the knowledge to be one of the best coaches in the NBA. It is that type of person that you want to learn from, and of course he has our full attention.”
You grew up a fan of the Lakers …
“Yes, I grew up being a fan of the Lakers. My father’s from L.A., so I followed his example, because the Lakers was all he knew. Although, even when I was playing with the Kings, where there is a rivalry with the Lakers, he always told me something about them. And now, in Boston, you can’t even bring it up. There is a rivalry for so long! I’m happy to be part of the Celtics while at the same time … my father is still a fan of the Lakers.”
So, if you could choose would you like to sign for the Lakers?
“I would not say that, but you never know, especially how it works today in the NBA. It’s a business, and you never know what can happen. If it happens, it happens, but right now I’m happy as a Celtic.”