“Hell Yeah, I can!”: Isaiah Thomas was out grocery shopping when asked by the Mavericks GM if he could suit up for them ASAP following his 10-day stint with LeBron James and the LA Lakers

Akash Murty
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Isaiah Thomas gets a call from Mavericks GM for a 10-day contract just after the day he landed back from LA, he said hell yeah, and played a game the same night.

After his release by the Lakers following a 10-day contract, Isaiah Thomas took a flight back to his home in Seattle. The former Celtics point guard started his daily choirs when he got a call from the Mavericks GM offering another hardship deal.

The veteran guard is in his 11th season and has career averages of 18 points and 4.9 assists in 532 games with eight teams. He started his career in Sacramento, where he joined the Mavericks Wednesday night to take on the Kings.

With Luka Doncic already out with an injury and then the NBA’s Health and Safety protocols, after Brandon Knight’s entry into the COVID-19 protocols. The Mavericks were in need of a guard on short notice to be game-ready.

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“Those Seattle guys can hoop, no matter where it’s at,” Mavericks head coach, Jason Kidd, said. “If he’s asked to play at the highest level, he’ll get on a plane and fly anywhere to play. That’s how much he loves the game. He wants to get back in the league, so this is a great opportunity for him.”

“He believes he belongs in this league. And so the Mavs are going to give him that opportunity to showcase what he can do. And that’s going to start tonight. He won’t have time to (get acclimated). He’s going to be thrown right in there. And we believe he can help us,” the coach said before Wednesday’s game.

Mavericks needed Isaiah Thomas to play as soon as he arrived

As Jason Kidd said, Mavericks needed IT to fill in the very day he arrived in Sacramento. And the veteran point guard, being a thorough professional accepted the challenge.

“I was getting some groceries, and Nico (Harrison, the Mavericks’ general manager) had called me,” Thoms said. “The first thing he asked me was, ‘you think you can play tonight?’”

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“I was like, hell yeah I can play tonight. I was in Seattle, I just got home from LA (Tuesday). It’s been a lot, but I’m built for this. I’m ready for it. I’m thankful for the opportunity. And it was a no-brainer when he asked.”

Indeed, he is built for it. The veteran guard scored 6 points and dished 4 assists in just over 13 minutes. He’d be looking for more playing time by the time Mavs players are out.

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Then again, the legend hustler that is Isaiah Thomas will move on to his next journey, until he finds him a team that sees a longer contract-worthy player in IT.


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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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