Isaiah Thomas 'Not Coming Off the Bench' for Lakers

How would an Isaiah Thomas Lonzo Ball backcourt look for the Lakers

Walton talked and Thomas listened and Thomas talked and Walton listened.

The Lakers said a week and a half ago that the sprained MCL injury typically would take one to three weeks of recovery time.

For the moment, it means playing a reserve role. For the season, the former UCLA standout is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.

On Thursday, ESPN's Rachel Nichols revealed that Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin, texted her that his client was unwilling to "come off the bench" for the Lakers following news of the trade. Although, he also said he wants to help L.A. any way he can. The Lakers received Thomas in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I expect him to really help our team out and I expect him to be a positive influence on our team and help us win ballgames".

Ball first sprained his left knee against the Dallas Mavericks Jan. 13. It was a surprise, but at the same time, I am happy to have a new start.

Granted, if the team eventually decides that Thomas coming off the bench behind Ball is the better way to go, that may cause big problems for IT's camp.

It's been a brutal season for Thomas so far and his plan to skip surgery on his torn hip labrum and have a strong final year ahead of his contract has backfired so far.

"We need a point guard", Magic Johnson, the Lakers' president of basketball operations, said this week.

Thomas can easily play around 30 minutes per game with Ball out, as that is right around where Clarkson was. The Lakers have accomplished the majority of this feat without #Lonzo Ball. ". I didn't think it was going to be this serious, to be honest".

So, don't expect the coaching staff to dangle the playoffs like carrots over the players' heads for extra motivation even if the current four-game winning streak continues into the All-Star break or beyond.

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