The 50 Cockiest Athletes of All Time

45. Isiah Thomas

Sport: Basketball
Career: 1981-1994
Cockiest Quote: “[Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are] 6-(feet)-9 and Jordan was 6-6 and a half. If they were all 6-1, it wouldn't even be a question. They wouldn't even fucking rate. If they were all my size, shit, they wouldn't even be talked about. I beat the shit out of them when they were that big. If we were all the same size, fuck.”

He's become such a punchline as a coach, executive, and, real talk, father, it's easy to forget what a badass Isiah Thomas was as a player. He holds the Finals record for points in a quarter (25), and was named to three All-NBA first teams. The leader of the reviled Bad Boys Pistons teams of the late '80s/early '90s, Zeke was bad-and knew it. Is this the dance of a humble man?

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