Lakers’ Thomas continues to talk Cavaliers

Isaiah Thomas of the Lakers will have surgery on his right hip Thursday.

Isaiah Thomas’ words had more of an impact than his play during his brief, 15-game tenure as a Cleveland Cavalier and not necessarily in a good way.

Now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers after he and Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft choice were traded by Cleveland in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., Thomas couldn’t help himself — again — and threw yet more shade at his now-former team.

So far, so good. But…

That was an obvious shot at the Cavaliers, who have openly discussed how little they actually practice, something Thomas addressed after playing Golden State Jan. 15 while he was with Cleveland.

“That’s the only thing that’s gonna help me, because we don’t practice,” he said that night. “Only thing that’s gonna help me is getting reps, running up and down the floor, getting my hip, getting my body accustomed to taking a beating and to running up and down the floor, getting in basketball shape.”

Thomas then tried to summarize what went wrong in Cleveland, which traded for him, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s unprotected 2018 first-round draft choice and Miami’s second-round pick in 2020 in exchange for Kyrie Irving on Aug. 22.

4 Comments on "Lakers’ Thomas continues to talk Cavaliers"

  1. He’s not wrong.

  2. John Thornton | February 15, 2018 at 3:30 am |

    “If I can’t practice, I can’t practice. If I’m hurt, I’m hurt. I mean, it’s as simple as that. It ain’t about that. It isn’t. It’s not about that at all. You know what I’m saying. I mean … But it’s easy to talk about. It’s easy to sum it up when we just talk about practice.

    We’re sitting here … I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re in here talking about practice. I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. We’re talking about practice. Not a game. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game. We’re talking about practice, man.

    I mean how silly is that. And we’re talking about practice. I know I’m supposed to be there. I know I’m supposed to lead by example. I know that and I’m not shoving it aside, you know, like it don’t mean anything. I know it’s important. I do, I honestly do. But we’re talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We’re talking about practice, man?

    We’re talking about practice. We’re talking about practice. We ain’t talking about the game. We’re talking about practice, man.”
    Seems appropriate to remember this gem here.

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