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Originally published July 20, 2011 at 5:15 PM | Page modified July 20, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Isaiah Thomas: No regrets about leaving early despite lockout

Former Washington basketball player Isaiah Thomas talked about the NBA lockout, leaving school early and his tattoos during an exclusive live chat with readers Wednesday.

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Former Washington basketball player Isaiah Thomas talked about the NBA lockout, leaving school early and his tattoos during an exclusive live chat with readers Wednesday.

Q: Do you regret your decision to leave UW early?

Thomas: No, I don't. I had the best three years of my life at the University of Washington, but it was time for me to move on.

Q: How do you feel about the NBA lockout?

Thomas: I don't know what to think. I mean, I've never had money so it's not a problem financially for me. I can't wait to just get things started, to get situated in Sacramento.

Q: Are you excited to play with Jimmer Fredette?

Thomas: Yes. He's like the Justin Bieber of basketball. Everywhere we go, people are crying over him.

Q: Have you had a chance to talk with Jimmer?

Thomas: Yes, he's a great guy. He's like a shorter version of Jon Brockman. So humble and so talkative. Very polite.

Q: Any chance you will go overseas with your boy Matthrew Bryan-Amaning if the lockout continues?

Thomas: If the situation is right, and the money is right, it's definitely an option.

Q: The funniest player, most intimidating player, most impressive player, and the most insane player during your UW years?

Thomas: Funniest player is C.J. Wilcox. Most intimidating player is Jon Brockman. Most impressive player is Terrence Ross. Most insane player is me.

Q: What do you say to the critics that question whether Lorenzo Romar is the right coach to take UW to the next level?

Thomas: First off, he's a great coach but he's an even better person. And once you get to know him you realize how good of a person and coach he really is. Soon enough he will take UW to the next level and probably be the best coach in UW history.

Q: What are your predictions on next year's Huskies? How far can they go?

Thomas: Talent-wise, they can go very far. They just got to find that leader, the guy they can lean on through good and bad times. Once they do that, they'll be just fine.

Q: Who do you pick as your teammates in a three-on-three tournament?

Thomas: Me, Jamal Crawford and Dwight Howard. Nobody would beat us.

Q: Is Tony Wroten Jr. the real deal?

Thomas: Yes, he is a 6-foot-5 point guard with unbelievable court vision.

Q: I cried when they called your name in the draft. What was that feeling like for you?

Thomas: I had the same feeling as you, brother.

Q: If you could put together a team of UW players, current and alumni, who would make your starting five?

Thomas: I'm starting with me at the one, Brandon Roy at shooting guard, Detlef Schrempf at small forward, Jon Brockman at power forward, and Todd MacCulloch.

Q: What arena is the best in the Pac-10?

Thomas: Hec Ed. Best fans in the world.

Q: If you weren't playing basketball, what profession would you be in?

Thomas: I want to be something to do with law enforcement. All I watch is "CSI," "Law & Order," "First 48."

Q: How many tattoos do you have?

Thomas: At least 25. I don't even count any more.

Favorite? I have a picture of my grandfather's face on my left shoulder. He passed away in 2006.

Q: Are you going to be at KeyArena this weekend?

Thomas: Yes, I'll be there at KeyArena for the H206 Charity Basketball Classic (Saturday), so everybody come out and support your local NBA players.

Q: Which Pac-10/12 player talks the most smack?

Thomas: Man, me. I talk so much, but no one ever responds in the game, so it's like I'm talking to myself.




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