It would have absolute insanity two years ago to expect Isaiah Thomas to have been on the shelf for the better part of two years and resting on a league-minimum deal as a backup, but that's exactly the situation the diminutive point guard finds himself in as he prepares to (finally) return.
The Denver Nuggets guard, who continues to remain sidelined with a nagging hip injury, has been upgraded to questionable for Denver's matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Denver guard Isaiah Thomas will decide early in the day about possibly making his season debut vs. Sacramento on Wednesday, league source tells ESPN. Nuggets have upgraded Thomas to questionable. He's been out since hip surgery last March.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 12, 2019
Thomas returning to the elite form he had in Boston would instantly stand out as one of the best storylines to follow in yet another season devoid of championship intrigue, and the entire world should be rooting for the West's current two-seed to add a player of that caliber.
Would love to see Isaiah Thomas return to his Boston form— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) February 12, 2019
Lately, Thomas has become a sad allegory for the perils of trusting too much and remaining loyal to a team, as his injury ultimately ended up costing him a max contract. He can make all of that bad sentiment around his name evaporate instantly if he starts scoring 25 a night on one of the best teams in the NBA.
No one's arguing the Celtics should've passed on the Kyrie Irving trade when it presented itself. But perhaps he should've put less trust in a medical staff that kicked him to the curb a few short weeks later.
A healthy Thomas could change the complexion of the Western Conference. Furthermore, he would forever be immortalized as one of the greatest comeback stories in NBA history.