Colin makes the case Isaiah Thomas looks needy right now

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Colin Cowherd talks Isaiah Thomas and the Los Angeles Lakers. Will the Purple and Gold be able to make IT fit with their quad?

- --already firing back at Cleveland, and he's basically talking about he loves playing for the Lakers now-- one whole game. He said, you know, you see the bench every time I was shooting in LA with the Lakers. They were standing up cheering. That was the feeling I had in Boston, happiness and joy. I'm happy to be in Los Angeles, to get that joy and happiness back. "You see the bench every time I was shooting, they were standing up and cheering."

Can I just say this? You're a little needy. I mean, seriously. The goals in Los Angeles right now are to win a game. The goals in Cleveland are slightly higher-- to beat the Warriors. I like you. You're a nice guy. But you know what you're becoming? You're becoming Smush Parker for Kobe. Remember Smush Parker? Went to basketball power Fordham, undrafted. He played for Kobe. Kobe once said, I tell Steve Nash you won the MVP, but I was playing with Smush Parker. My goodness. He was the worst. He shouldn't have been in the league, but we were too cheap to pay for a point guard.

And later, Smush Parker came out and said about Kobe, I refused to pass him the ball. He was not a good teammate. Oh, heavens. You're Smush Parker. Isaiah, I like you. You're 5' 8". You grew up in the part of the country Clarissa and I both grew up in. I am rooting for you. I am a fan of you. The story about your sister. I want you to succeed. Don't become Smush Parker.

Here's the thing about basketball that's tricky, and it's always been tricky. Football as a sport is about roles, and they're defined. The quarterback touches the ball every snap. The left tackle blocks every snap. There are roles in football. Cornerbacks cover receivers. Receivers go out for passes. There are defined roles in football, but it's tougher in basketball. Who are the four best players of all time? One of them's a center-- Wilt. One of them's a forward-- LeBron. One of them's a point guard-- Magic. One of them's a shooting guard-- Michael Jordan.

Roles aren't as defined in basketball. And so, guys come into the NBA-- and basketball's always been about kind of worship AAU high school. Football is kind of about the shield. So for a lot of basketball players, they have to define their own role, and this is tough. Now, George Hill, a veteran-- 12-point a game guy-- goes to the Cavs, and here's what George Hill says his role is with LeBron.

- Just do your job, I guess. Let the rest take care of itself. We have one of the best players in the history of the game. So, I mean, I'm sure he's going to dictate the tempo and things like that. And we just gotta do our job. Be the best role players we can possibly be. He's the Batman, and we gotta be all Robin. So we gotta figure it out.

- So veteran George Hill understood-- I am Robin, you're Batman. The problem being that Isaiah Thomas-- LeBron wasn't cheering for me. And he struggled to define his role, and now he looks needy.