If you’ve been following NBA news out of season, you probably know Isaiah Thomas lost 81 points in a Jawsover Pro-Am game. Regardless of the type of league or talent involved, there is no denying that a person who scores so many points in a game is just amazing. Maybe it’s the beginning of a great comeback story, Thomas. Maybe this comeback story is about the Los Angeles Lakers.
How quickly do we forget that Thomas was once an NBA star and a threat to opposing teams. Perhaps he never got the recognition and respect he deserved back then, but there’s no denying that he was one of the main stars in the NBA from 2014 to 2017.
During that time, he led the Celtics in scoring every year and helped them make it to the playoffs every three years. The Boston Celtics reached the final of the Eastern Conference in 2016/17, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the same season he was third in the NBA with an average of 28.9 points per game and was called to the All-NBA Second Team. He was also called up twice in the NBA All-Star Game. It must have been going well for him and then came this terrible hip injury.
Since that time Thomas has jumped to different teams in the league (one of them is of course the Lakers). He has worked diligently to get back to where he was in the NBA as he worked hard to get well and get another chance.
He showed what he can do in this latest Pro-Am basketball game. To be honest, I think he still has a lot in the tank as he’s still relatively young at 32.
Signing him would be a low-risk move for the Los Angeles Lakers.
It would be a smart move too, as he’s a veteran with the experience of playing in this league. Thomas would be on a very talented team where his efforts would be greatly appreciated. With all that he has overcome, maybe it would be a very positive thing for the Los Angeles Lakers to have him.
I recently heard a wonderful interview with Isaiah Thomas on All The Smoke podcast, hosted by NBA veterans Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. It was one of the better interviews I heard on this show when Thomas told about his fight back to the NBA.
The hip injury would have ruined almost his entire career. He also talks about his struggles after high school where he was kind of despised for his size.
I really hope the Lakers take their chance on Isaiah Thomas. He has a lot of things going for him, such as the fact that he only played with LeBron in Cleveland for a short time and was also a Laker for a short time in 2017-18.
He also averaged 12.2 points per game in 2019-20 while playing for the Washington Wizards. He also started 37 of 40 games that season. Now that his hip is healed and his latest accomplishment, why shouldn’t the Lakers give him a chance?