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IT: Unfortunately, we have our ups and downs. Nothing is off limits. You can ask, and I'll answer it as honestly as I can.
DP: How would you answer that, if I said, Did you try to commit suicide?
IT: Well, I answered that before, and the answer is no. With all due respect to the chief of police, he didn't know what was going on with my daughter, who had gone to the hospital earlier in the day. [On Oct. 24, 2008, Thomas was taken to the hospital after an accidental sleeping pill overdose. Thomas said it was his daughter who needed medical attention, which led Harrison police chief David Hall to accuse Thomas of "throwing her under the bus."] I was just concerned about taking care of my family.
DP: When does Kobe get to the point at which I can include him in the conversation of greatest player of all time?
IT: For me, there are two greatest players of all time, Jordan is 1-A and Kareem is 1-B. Before Jordan, it was Kareem carrying our league. Somehow, he's gotten misplaced in history. When people talk about basketball, they don't talk about him anymore.
DP: Do you have unfinished business in the NBA?
IT: I don't believe so.
Ryan Howard and his Phillies teammates were deeply moved by the loss of longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas, who died last month of heart disease. Kalas, recognized by his signature deep, raspy voice, was a smoker. Howard told me how the team honored Kalas before the first game after his death: They had a team smoke. "It was a little shout-out to HK," Howard told me. "He loved everyone." Howard then homered in the game.