Nearly a year after a hip operation, Denver Nugget's guard, Isaiah Thomas, returned to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Thomas joined the game at the end of the first quarter and the Denver fans were standing ovations.
Thomas, who was upgraded questionably for the game in Denver, decided to play on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday he trained 5 against 5 and took part in a shooting on Wednesday morning.
Two years ago, Isaiah Thomas was an MVP candidate and a rising Celtics legend. Then tragedy and injuries arrived. Eleven months since his last NBA game, one question remains: Can Thomas be resurrected?
Thomas, 30, returns to a Nuggets team (38-18) in the first game of Golden State in the West, employing three talented guards, including Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley and Will Barton and Monte Morris.
For the Boston Celtics, Thomas scored an average of 28.9 points per game over the period 2016-17, a second-team All-NBA season that seemed to pave the way for a $ 100 million long-term contract.
An injury to the same right hip broke his playoffs in 2017 and cost him eight months of rehab. This and a summer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers raised his hopes for such a lucrative, long-term deal.
Thomas joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a trade deadline deal with Cleveland, where he played only 15 games between 2017 and 18.