Hallmark of NBA Longevity: Bulls’ Kurt Thomas Plays 1000 Games

Last night, in the 106-94 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, NBA journeyman Kurt Thomas currently with the Chicago Bulls and also very recently with the Milwaukee Bucks played in his 1,000th league game.

He is just the 96th player in league history to accomplish the feat. He is only the 12th currently active player to reach this milestone; the players in this club are rather elite (Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Juwan Howard, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Joe Smith and Ben Wallace).

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Chicago, GET READY for the Kurt Thomas Era

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Ok, so maybe the signing of backup center/power forward Kurt Thomas won’t exactly usher in an “era,” at least in the sense of the phrase “the Michael Jordan era.” That’s the way most people in Chicago refer to the glory years of the Chicago Bulls franchise. This signing obviously won’t move them any closer to NBA dominance, but it does give them an 11th player under contract, at a price just above the league minimum ($1.35 million) for one season. And it adequately fills a need.

They still have $3 million left in cap space to sign another body, hopefully a veteran shooting guard. Thomas has been in the league for 15 years, most recently with the Milwaukee Bucks, where averaged three points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.

By Paul M. Banks

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