Thomas as coach: Unconventional, calm

Unconventional and calm are two words to describe Isiah Thomas' first week as Pacer coach, notes Marc Stein.

Updated: November 7, 2000, 1:25 PM ET
By Marc Stein | Special to ESPN.com

NBA coaches generally wouldn't view Jonathan Bender opposite Steve Kerr as a feasible matchup, like Isiah Thomas did during the first real game he ever ran from the bench.

NBA coaches typically couldn't bring themselves to trust neophytes such as Bender, Al Harrington and Jeff Foster to play alongside Travis Best and career backup Zan Tabak in the third quarter of a tight opening night, as Thomas briefly did in his debut.

NBA coaches certainly aren't usually seen in their locker rooms ...

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