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New York Knicks forward Kurt Thomas (40) reacts to a fan during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards, Oct. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11), forward Kris Humphries (42) and forward Gerald Wallace (45) triple-team New York Knicks forward Kurt Thomas (40) in the first half of their game at Barclays Center, Nov. 26, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Phoenix Suns (from left) Jalen Rose, Kurt Thomas, Steve Nash, and Shawn Marion sit on the bench in the closing moments of their win over the Dallas Mavericks at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix in this April 1, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
INDEPENDENCE: By the time Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors celebrated their championship in the visiting locker room at Quicken Loans Arena last spring, Kyrie Irving was on crutches and Kevin Love’s left shoulder was in a sling.