Before his first appearance at Staples Center, UW freshman Isaiah Thomas said he wanted to "get his Kobe on" -- that is, play like Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Instead, he played like former Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal.
For the first time, the 5-foot-8 Thomas led UW in rebounding: a career-high nine.
"They came up long, so I was out there and they popped to me," he said. "It's not like I was Jon (Brockman) just running after them. They came to me, so I just took it."
Clearly, playing at Staples meant something to Thomas, who admits that the games he played at Madison Square Garden hadn't meant as much to him.
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"It was weird," he said. "Just thinking Kobe plays here, Shaq played here, and I was looking up before the game all the championship (banners). It was weird playing in a place like this."
He'll be back tomorrow. And there's every chance that he'll be back at another NBA arena a week from today, perhaps getting his B-Roy on at the Rose Garden in Portland.