Isaiah Thomas is sick and tired of sitting on the bench. He’s so done with it he tried to force his way into the lineup Wednesday, but the Cavaliers’ medical staff was having none of that.
“I tried it in Sac and they shut me down and I was upset about it, but I mean, they’re looking out for what’s best,” Thomas told reporters Friday, via ESPN. “Not just for this team but for myself and not just this season, but my career. So I can’t thank them enough for putting me in that position.”
The former Celtics star has not played a game yet this season while recovering from a hip injury, but he’s started playing scrimmages with the Cavaliers warming up with the team prior to games. He is close to returning, but Cleveland does not want to rush him back and get him hurt again despite how much they want to see him on the court.
“He’s very close,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I understand how it feels to want to play and the medical staff is saying he just needs a little bit more time. He has to be patient, I have to be patient, the players have to be patient. After seeing him today, they were excited. But they’ve got to be patient and stay the course. His time is coming soon.”
Thomas could make his return as soon as Tuesday, but considering the fact Cavs’ trainer George Sibel joked about sitting him until April to make sure he’s fully healthy for his return, it’s possible his debut could be later.