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Two-Time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas Joins The Jason Ross & Doug Christie Show

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The former Sacramento Kings guard joined the show to discuss his road back to the NBA and much more

This week on The Jason Ross & Doug Christie Show, former Sacramento Kings guard and two-time NBA All-Star Isaiah Thomas joined the show to Share some updates on his return to the league.

Thomas, 32, started his NBA career in Sacramento after he was selected with the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of the University of Washington.

Isaiah Thomas on The Jason Ross & Doug Christie Show (2/17/21)

Over three years as the Kings point guard, Thomas averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game over 216 games.

Later on in his career with the Boston Celtics, Thomas became a two-time All-Star while acting as the leader of an up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference.

In 2016-17, Thomas finished third in the NBA in scoring, averaging 28.9 points per game on 38-percent shooting from beyond the three-point line.

Since the 2017-18 season, the veteran guard has dealt with injuries that have largely held him out of action, most notably a hip injury that resulted in a resurfacing surgery in May of 2020.

On how he is feeling health-wise, Thomas told Jason and Doug that he is all systems go for a return to an NBA roster.

“It’s a blessing because I’ve said it before, I never, you know, with dealing with my hip injury and how bad it really was, I never really thought I would be able to get back to this point of, you know, being able to move pain free, being able to play pain free, and most importantly, on the day to day basis, being pain free,” Thomas said.

“So, you know, I wake up with a smile on my face and I just I’m just blessed for, you know, the opportunity and just to be back healthy again.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we all know it, especially the way that sports operate on day-to-day basis.

With the league shutting down for four months last season and also implementing a late start to the 2020-21 season, Thomas said that all of the downtime benefited his healing process in a big way.

“It’s unfortunate for, you know, everything that happened in the world since last February and March. But it allowed me the time to be able to, you know, get the procedure done to fix the problem,” Thomas said. “It was what I was dealing with the last three or four years. So it definitely helped me. It was a blessing in disguise for me. That allowed me to be able to fix what ultimately was the problem for me the last three or four years.”

Over the course of the interview, Thomas goes on to share his excitement towards playing for USA Basketball, echo his intention of making an impact on an NBA roster this season and much more.

To listen to the entire interview, click the ‘play’ button on the audio file located at the top of the article.

For full episodes of The Jason Ross & Doug Christie Show, click here.

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