WASHINGTON — Prior to the Washington Wizards' tipoff against the Charlotte Hornets, Isaiah Thomas vowed he would reach the all-star level he played at before his injuries.
IT jumped on NBA TV's The Warmup to talk about his role in the Wizards' backcourt and his personal goals moving forward. All about maintaining his health, Thomas also was sure to promise tangible improvements in his game.
"A lot of people have counted me out, especially the last couple of years," Thomas said. "But I know what I've been through, I know what my body's been through. I know how good I feel I know I'm ready and I know given the opportunity, I can play at an All-Star level again. And that's what I'm gonna showcase...I promise you I'm gonna be an All-Star, I'm gonna be an All-NBA basketball player again."
Thomas said just like it took time for him to reach the levels that drew "MVP" chants from the crowds at T.D. Garden during the 2016/2017 season, it'll take time for him to reach the All-Star level fans have come to expect from him. The reason: he's had to hit the reset button thanks to over two years of rehab.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said pregame he wasn't sure what IT to expect at the beginning of the season, and has worked to match the offense to make IT comfortable and cater towards his current strengths.
Brooks cited IT's dropoff with getting to the free-throw line as the most noticeable change aspect of his game he hasn't quite gotten back yet.
"He's having a good start to the year," said Brooks. "He isn't getting to the free-throw line. I'm not sure if he can ever get to that level, that's a tough level to get to. I think he was averaging nine or 10 a game, and now it's one to one and a half. That's the biggest difference."
Whether or not IT can get back to his best remains to be seen, but he's certainly determined to get there with this opportunity with the Wizards.
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