Isaiah Thomas was always sure that another call would come for him to return to the NBA Although he was out of the league for 14 months, Thomas never doubted himself

So when the New Orleans Pelicans called for a chance to come back, even with a 10-day contract, Thomas jumped at the chance

“I was always going to come back no matter what,” Thomas told reporters Tuesday morning “I think with me and the state of mind, if you ever have any doubts you shouldn’t do anything what you do

“Obviously I’m human and some days it was hard to get up and go on working without seeing the light at the end of the tunnel But I have the greatest faith and confidence in myself. ‘have never been easy for me, why would they start now? “

Thomas said his absence from basketball allowed him to focus on the nagging hip injury that took him from No. 2 on the All-NBA team and No. 5 in the MVP vote in 2016-17 at just 84 games combined over the next three seasons without ever finding this form

Thomas had a hip resurfacing procedure last May to help ease the pain in his hip and he’s starting to feel like his old self now

“I’m 102% I’m more than good,” said Thomas “It’s the best I’ve felt since before I got hurt It’s not even a question anymore Every day I wake up with a smile on my face because honestly I never thought I’d feel this good again and feel normal again Physically I’m ready Mentally I’m ready And I’m just happy to be really there “

While away from the NBA, Thomas was able to play for the USA team in two games in a FIBA ​​qualifier in February, which he says helped him to return to the league

“The opportunity to play for the USA team was obviously wearing the USA on your chest, but overall it was up to everyone to see me move and be myself again” said Thomas

“I accomplished what I had planned to go there Four or five teams called after that very interested Luckily New Orleans pulled the trigger and I’m here USA, these games m ‘were helpful and it gave me the opportunity to show that I can still play at a high level and move like me and that everything is fine again “

Thomas could be called up to play major minutes for the Pelicans very soon due to New Orleans’ injury situation

The Pelicans have starting guards Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball available for Tuesday night’s game, but could miss three key guards off the bench after that Josh Hart (ripped UCL in his right thumb) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker ( high left ankle sprain) have already been ruled out and rookie Kira Lewis doubts right calf strain

This is in addition to the fact that rookie forwards Zion Williamson (sprained right thumb) and Brandon Ingram (first MTP irritation on the right) are listed as questionable Williamson and Ingram have missed the last three games

“It sucks for these guys to fall, but injuries are part of the game It’s always the next man mentally,” said Thomas “I’m in a situation where if they give me a few minutes, I take full advantage and impact on and off the ground”

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