Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Cavaliers mum on Isaiah Thomas' hip injury during introduction

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Spencer Simpson | 08 September, 2017, 00:41

The 28-year-old made no mention of when he would be able to return from a hip injury that sidelined him for the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavs, but detailed how hard it was to inform wife Kayla and sons James and Jaiden that the family would be moving.

During the presser, Cavs general manager Koby Altman said that Thomas' road to recovery will be "non surgical".

"We're not going to rush it at all", said Altman, who quickly grew exhausted of questions about Thomas' health.

"As owners of Brooklyn's No. 1 pick, which could be a top-five pick in next year's draft, Cleveland has fielded numerous calls already about a potential trade".

Thomas said that he is "just getting treatment each and every day" and working in the weight room.

The Cleveland Cavaliers introduced Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic during a press conference on Thursday.

The 34-year old would not address whether or not he and his staff had a planned return date for Thomas, veiling the information or lack thereof under the idea of placing undue pressure on the point guard. "I fell in love with Boston".

In fact, the players that now constitute Boston's Big Three - Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward - are all here in part because of Thomas' play (Irving) and ability to convince them (Horford and Hayward) to come to Boston and be part of something special.

Thomas, 28, averaged a career-high tally of 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game last season and led the Celtics to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. He said he played that game because for him, basketball was a way to cope.

Like Thomas, Crowder said being traded was hard and made more so that when the deal was first announced on August 22, he was with his ailing mother in Atlanta.

"I was able to whisper to my mom before she passed", Crowder said.

"Everything about that trade, everything that I was feeling in my heart in those moments - they got it down to the only two things that mattered", Thomas said in a 3,500-word post on The Players Tribune about the deal that sent him to the Cavaliers for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving.

Thomas was expected to rake in the big bucks with the Celtics before the trade materialized.

Thomas was bullish about the Cavs' potential this upcoming season. "We're not going to rush it at all".

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