Kurt Thomas, one of the least-flashy members of the Knicks' deep squad this year, trended on Twitter Thursday night at the start of the Knicks-Heat game in Miami.
Many casual NBA observers were likely surprised to see the aging Kurt Thomas take the floor at American Airlines Arena back in blue-and-orange, much less making buckets.
Wikipedia Commons The New York Knicks' Kurt Thomas was back in the limelight Thursday night against the Heat in Miami.
The New York Knicks' Kurt Thomas was back in the limelight Thursday night against the Heat in Miami.
In fact Thomas, who started for Carmelo Anthony who was out with a hand laceration, was the Knicks' leading scorer early on the game. They were up 12-9 with 5:29 left in the first, but he was tops with four.
And as he was in the spotlight for that brief moment Thursday evening, Twitter exploded with good-natured ribbing about his age.
Kurt Thomas, who turned 40 on Oct. 4, has played for nine teams in his 17-year NBA career, and is back on a second stint with the Knicks.
And Twitter users were sure to remind us about that fact, generating jokes about his “experience” faster than one could keep up with scrolling through.
Some gems emerged in this burst of attention to a player with undeniable skill who is reaching the twilight of his lengthy basketball career.
Gotta love seeing 76-year-old Kurt Thomas still playing rugged, intelligent and effective basketball.”
But the gentle ribbing took a turn for the negative shortly after he missed an easy lay-up.
No matter how long his brush with recognition lasts, Kurt Thomas was back in the spotlight Thursday night.
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