The biggest story in the craziest NBA offseason in memory is still unfolding. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ doctors are less optimistic about Isaiah Thomas’ injury recovery timetable than Boston’s, which means for now, the Kyrie Irving – Isaiah Thomas trade is on hold.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, there is a chance that IT may have to sit for the bulk of the season.
“If recovery from various hip ailments, including a bone bruise, does not proceed smoothly, there is at least a slight chance Thomas would miss most of the 2017-18 season, sources say.”
Zach Lowe, ESPN
Isaiah, of course, disagrees with this assessment, telling ESPN “I am not damaged. I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”
If anyone can beat the odds, it’s IT. How many 5’8 players were NBA All-Stars last year? One. Isaiah Thomas. People have been telling him his whole life that he can’t do this, or can’t do that. He didn’t lead Boston to the best record in the East and drop 53 points on the Wizards in the playoffs by listening to the naysayers of the world. He’s Isaiah Thomas, not Doubting Thomas.
He’s been beating the odds for a long time. The legend of Isaiah Thomas began many moons ago, but he burst on to the national scene with an incredible game-winner in the Pac-10 tournament against heavily favored Arizona.
Coooold Blooded! Six, almost seven years later, this clip still sends chills through any Washington Huskies fan. It was the perfect shot, in the perfect moment, with the perfect call.
A few months later, IT was the very last player chosen in the 2011 NBA Draft. Mr. Irrelevant, they called him. But he didn’t listen. The next year, he made the NBA All-Rookie Second team and has been elevating his game ever since.
Team doctors might be arguing semantics about IT’s road to recovery, but he knows he’ll be back, and that’s all that matters.