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All doubters, take heed: Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas is taking names.
“I watch basketball, I watch stuff that’s on ESPN, so I see what people say. Even if I don’t want to see it, I see it,” he said. And it just makes me smile.”
“I can’t control what people think or say about what’s going on in my hip. I know, and I know that I’m going to be OK,” he added. “I just know that it’s going to take time.”
The former Celtic said that he’s been trying to silence critics for so long until his redemption a season ago when his name has been mentioned along the likes of Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry as among the NBA’s best point guards.
In fact, he’s the top fourth-quarter scorer in the NBA while donning the Celtic green color. He was also twice picked in the All-Star game in the 2015-2016 season, as well as the 2016-2017 season, where he averaged 28.9 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds.
Thomas has been criticized for deciding to forego a hip surgery and instead go through a longer route of rehab. He said that he hasn’t regretted that decision because he’s seen the results—he’s closer now to returning than ever before.
The 5-9 player admitted, however, that the rehab process has been grueling particularly since this is the first time for him to be out for so long. However, he’s already looking forward to coming back and helping the team, perhaps, in a collision course with the Celtics.
“Oh, that would be lovely,” Thomas said. “That would be the story that God made, and it probably will work that way.”