Kings’ Vasquez, Thomas Want to Be Leaders
New Kings point guard Greivis Vasquez has nothing bad to say about Isaiah Thomas.
As he puts it, he loves “the kid.”
“I’m teammates with Isaiah, so if anybody in this league is going to say something about Isaiah, I’m going to step up for him because I’m his teammate,” Vasquez said. “He’s part of the family.”
That doesn’t mean Vasquez isn’t out to take Thomas’ job as starting point guard. Vasquez was acquired in the offseason after averaging an NBA third-best 9.0 assists per game with New Orleans.
“Of course we’re going to play together,” Thomas said. “It makes sense. I can guard point guards, he can guard shooting guards. Whichever one of us gets the ball on the break, we can just go.”
But can a natural leader mesh with another leader? Both agree it’s possible.
“I’ll find a way to say things when I have to say them,” Vasquez said. “He’s going to say things when he has to because he’s a leader.”
Said Thomas: “I always say you can’t make a leader. Either you’re a leader or you’re not, and he’s a leader.”