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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas knows he took the bullet that kickstarted load management

Isaiah Thomas, Wizards

Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas was asked about the recent trend of load management after making some searing comments this summer that pegged him as the godfather of this heavy debate.

A Wednesday morning media scrum got Thomas to double down on that belief, as Thomas, who has undergone several major hips surgeries since being sidelined during the 2017 playoffs, is finally enjoying what seems to be a healthy start to the season.

Reporter: “This summer you said you felt like you took the bullet for a lot of guys for this load management thing…

Thomas: “I don’t feel like it, I know I did. For sure.”

Reporter: “The debate over that, how does that make you feel when people are still talking about players resting and you know that was from you. You kind of created that.”

Thomas: “That’s players being smart about their body, worrying about themselves, which you should. The most important thing is yourself. These organizations most of the time, they care about what you can do for them, not if you get hurt. They don’t care about that at all — most of them — so take care of yourself. Guys are starting to do that and that’s what’s most important no matter what.”

Thomas thought the Boston Celtics would bring the Brinks truck his way after a glowing 2016-17 All-Star season, but his injury resulted in the Celtics trading him for Kyrie Irving. The 5-foot-9 guard had unsuccessful stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Denver Nuggets — still awaiting that big payday.

If he can finish the season healthy and provide the Wizards the offensive spark they need, the 30-year-old point man might just get his longtime wish at the end of this season once he becomes a free agent again.