The NBA doors reopened for Isaiah Thomas. After a string of injuries that kept him from center stage for a long time, the point guard signed a ten-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans and will return to the courts looking T-shirt 24, in tribute to Kobe Bryant.
The New York franchise confirmed the news of the historic number through its Twitter account and, minutes later, the player himself quoted the publication and recalled Black mamba, who died in early 2020 in a helicopter accident: Kobe !!! ”.
This way, Thomas, who started in basketball wearing 22 with the Sacramento Kings and wore 3, 4, 7 and 0 in other passages of his career, will defend the Los Angeles Lakers legend number and even do it tonight, when the Pelicans face the Houston Rockets.
The 32-year-old Tacoma native has not played an NBA game since February 3, 2020, when he was a member of the Washington Wizards before being traded to the Clippers. During that 2019-20 season, he averaged 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 40 games with the Wizards. Then, He hit the coronavirus pandemic and his hip problems, which made him undergo surgery twice and were relegated to the consideration of franchises.