There had been plenty of speculation as to how Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas would handle coming off the bench for his new team. Despite the rumors swirling about a potential buyout, there was no indication of hostility from Thomas about his reserve role following the team’s 123-130 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers have made it clear that they plan to keep things as is for the time being amidst their recent stellar performance. According to Kenny Ducey of S.I.com, Thomas is just fine with that — for now:
“This is the best they have been playing. I don’t want to mess anything up. And I told (coach Luke Walton) that. Whatever he needs me to do, I am willing to do that. Yes, I would love to be a starter. I feel like I deserve that and earned that, but at the same time, it’s a new chapter for me. I am here to help this team, help these young guys, continue to be professional, continue to work hard and continue to jell together.”
Thomas made the most of his opportunity in his team debut against the Mavericks by registering 22 points, six assists, and a steal. He also managed to play 31 minutes, which was the fifth-most of any Laker that night.
That said, head coach Luke Walton has quite the frontcourt conundrum to figure out with the solid play of shooting guards Josh Hart and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Furthermore, the looming return of point guard Lonzo Ball will make for an interesting experiment in the second half of the 2017-18 NBA season.