The Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled this season, but help will be on the way once point guard Isaiah Thomas is healthy.
Despite the struggles of the perennial Eastern Conference Championship contenders, Thomas is impressed that they have not rushed him back to the court.
“I’m protecting myself, so, even if they wanted me to hurry back, I’m not going to hurry back, just because I’ve got a long career ahead of me and an important summer as well,” Thomas said, according to the report on Cleveland.com.
“So, I’ve got to make sure I’m 100 percent healthy before I step out on the floor. But these guys have not rushed me one bit. They’ve taken their time with me and I appreciate that. Because most teams, they want you out there, especially if things aren’t going well.”
Thomas had good results from his grueling workout on Sunday and is on track for a return on January 1st, but, most importantly for Thomas, is how the organization has treated him throughout the process.
“Yeah because, I mean, it’s hard to trust organizations,” Thomas said. “They got their own agenda and you got your own. But here it’s like, since Day 1, if it takes until June, you’re not getting out there. From the first doctor I met, to the training staff to the coaching staff.
“Even with this little rut we’ve been in, it’s been like take your time. Don’t worry about this. We’ll be alright. That gives you a lot of confidence going forward, knowing that nobody’s here to rush you.”
Cavs’ Kevin Love Talks About Bigger Purpose in Life, Other Than Basketball
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love believes that his life has a greater purpose beyond being a productive and successful player in the National Basketball Association and is embracing his role as the league’s unofficial ambassador on mental health.
“I feel like I have a purpose, for the greater good,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “For the first 10 years, for better or worse, that’s what I felt like for basketball. Learning what I needed to learn. Now I’m just starting to work on myself off the court. That’s going to lead to helping people and paying it forward. I think it is good to be busier when you’re working, putting the same time into things that are super valuable.”
Cavs’ JR Smith Requests Trade
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith is looking to get traded from the team, as he is upset with his playing time this season.
“Yeah,” Smith, 33, said when asked about requesting a trade, according to ESPN.
“They know. They don’t want me here, so they obviously know.”
Smith is earning $14.7 million this season, and is in his 15th year in the league, and at age 33, he may not be an attractive trade piece for even contending teams looking for veteran depth down the stretch.
Cleveland has been gauging the market for Kyle Korver, looking to trade him as soon as possible.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Taking Blame for Season Opening Loss
Cleveland Cavaliers’ veteran forward Kevin Love is taking the blame for the Cavs’ season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, showcasing his efforts to claim a leadership role with the team moving forward.
“That rhythm wasn’t there tonight,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “You could tell that game action wasn’t there for me tonight. Thought I got a lot of really, really good looks on the offensive end. On the defensive end, just our switches and closing out, just my attention to detail wasn’t there.
“I told Ty after the game, I said that’s on me and I apologize. We all have to be better and I think we know it.”
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