Isaiah Thomas may be done taking shots with his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates, but he's certainly not done taking shots at them. The newly-acquired Los Angeles Lakers point guard discussed the state of his wonky hip following Monday's practice and appeared to take a subtle shot at his old team. "I'm feeling good. I'm alright," Thomas told Ryan Ward of Clutch Points. "I'm not 100 percent, but I'm getting there each and every day is a positive day for me.”
"I mean, this is the first real practice I had all year," Thomas added. "Let's see how my hip responds tomorrow with the soreness and things like that, but I'm here. I'm here and I'm happy. Got my joy back and I'm ready to put on a show for the Lakers." Thomas' comment about having his "first real practice" with the Lakers is in reference to the fact that the Cavs don't really practice.
Thomas was critical of the Cavaliers' practice habits, or lack thereof, during his brief time with the organization. "That's the only thing that's gonna help me, because we don't practice," he said last month. "Only thing that's gonna help me is getting reps, running up and down the floor, getting my hip, getting my body accustomed to taking a beating and to running up and down the floor, getting in basketball shape." Thomas's remarks come one day after LeBron James threw some shade of his own, praising his new Cavs teammates after their win against the Boston Celtics for their "attention to detail" being "at an all-time high for the first time this season."
If Thomas truly got his "joy back" after being dealt to the Lakers, it showed in his first game, in which he scored 22 points in 30 minutes off the bench. Whether his body holds up for the remainder of the season remains to be seen.