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Isaiah Thomas grateful that Wizards ‘are giving me a great opportunity’

Isaiah Thomas

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Isaiah Thomas. After establishing himself as one of the best players in the league during his tenure with the Boston Celtics, the diminutive guard has only appeared in 44 games in the past three years.

Now healthy and enjoying a new lease on life in his basketball career with the Washington Wizards, Thomas recently opened up about the struggles he had to overcome – particularly with a nagging hip injury that has robbed him of his All-Star form.

“It’s been one injury. That’s all it’s been. Like I always said, if I get the opportunity like I did in Boston, I’d do the same thing,” Thomas said, via Chris Crouse of Hoops Rumors.

“The trades I’ve been in, I haven’t had this same opportunity. That’s the only reason that you haven’t seen me play well. I’m just going to continue to work hard, continue to do what I can to win games here. The Wizards are giving me a great opportunity and I can’t thank them enough.”

Thomas was averaging 28.9 points on a .463 shooting clip during his final season with the Celtics. He played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets over the last three seasons, but never came close to regaining his old form.

“IT” made his Wizards debut in the team’s 124-122 loss to the San Antonio Spurs last week after a thumb injury kept him out of commission in the preseason.

After coming off the bench, Thomas pitched in 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting and four three-pointers to go along with five assists in just 20 minutes of action. Thomas looked more comfortable in Wizards’ next game against the Houston Rockets, tallying a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists in the team’s one-point defeat.