* In spring of 1981, as a sophomore, Isiah Thomas leads Indiana to the NCAA title.
* In 1981 NBA draft, Thomas is taken by Detroit with the second pick. He plays 13 seasons with the Pistons, wins two NBA championships and becomes the franchise's all-time leader in points, assists, steals and games played. Thomas is named to the All-Star team every season except 1994 and is voted the most valuable player in 1984 and 1986.
* In the late 1980s and early '90s, Thomas serves as president of the NBA Players Assn.
* In May 1994, after retiring, Thomas becomes part owner and executive vice president of basketball operations for the NBA expansion Toronto Raptors.
* In October 1999, Thomas purchases a majority ownership in the Continental Basketball Assn., eliminating individual team owners and proposing to make the league a "farm team" system for the NBA.