Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
Washington junior guard Isaiah Thomas (above, middle), who underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right big toe, is walking without crutches and is scheduled to have the stitches removed today.
Thomas was elected co-captain along with senior-to-be Justin Holiday (above, right) by the UW players.
(How does it feel to be elected co-captain?) “It feels good. It just shows the appreciation they have in me. I guess they feel that I’m the leader. I always felt like I was a leader even though I wasn’t the captain. That’s just a label. Any team I’ve ever been on I always felt like I was the leader of that team vocally and going out there playing hard. Now know that I’m the captain, I really can’t do nothing wrong because they really look at what I do and if I’m doing bad things or not working too hard then it’s going to rub off on them.”
(So all eyes are on you?) “Yeah you can say that and I’m ready for whatever it brings.”
(How will you and Justin lead this team?) “We’ll do good. Justin really doesn’t talk. He just shows it on the court with how hard he plays and with me, if somebody is messing up I’m going to get in them and make sure they’re doing the right things. And I tell my dudes always, if I’m messing up I want you guys to yell at me or do the same thing. It’s all about being on the same page and going out there and playing hard.”
(How was the surgery?) “It was good. At first I was in so much pain and I didn’t like it. But now it’s getting back to where I can walk a little bit. I’m just getting off my crutches the other day. I have a couple of more weeks and then I’ll be back.”
(I heard they removed spurs from your big toe?) “Yes.”
(How long have you played with that injury?) “The last two years. It really got bad in the New Mexico game when I stubbed my toe. That’s when it got real bad.”
(You also had other bumps and bruises that many thought would require treatment. Will you have surgery on your hand?)
“No. My hand will heal on it’s own because I haven’t played basketball in like 3-4 weeks. They said my hand will heal on its one because it’s just a small bone. I’ll be healthy once this gets out the way.”
(When will the boot come off?) “(Thursday) hopefully. I get the stitches out (Thursday), but I don’t know if I’ll need the boot anymore.”
(So if the stitches are out, when will you start running and what’s the recovery schedule?) “I started lifting this week. Probably about a couple of weeks, 1-2 weeks. Then I’ll try to get back out there and run a little bit and get back to playing basketball.”
(Are you anxious?) “Yeah. I’ve never sat out of basketball this long. It’s crazy because I can’t even really shoot. Even if you don’t jump you use your tippy toes and I can’t do that.”
(What do you plan to do this summer?) “Work out.”
(In Seattle?) “Here and going to camps and trying to get better. That’s all I’m worried about and being ready for this coming up season.”
(You returning to Chris Paul’s camp?) “I’m going back there, to Chris Paul’s and Deron Williams’ camp. I’m looking forward to working out with the guys I look up to. Hopefully I meet some new guys this summer and just get all the input I can on my game and get better.”
(What are your thoughts on the next season’s team?) “It’s going to be fun. I’m not going to say too much about it, but if we work hard and do the right things we’re going to have a special season.”
(Last year there was a lot of hype and expectations going into the season. Guys talked about the Final Four. Seems you’re not doing that this time.) “You could say we learned a lesson. We talked about it and how we didn’t really show what we were capable of until the end of the year. We can’t wait that long. We’re trying to win a national championship and that starts right after we lost that game to West Virginia. So once these new guys come in, we’re going to get them hip to what we do and we’re going to be ready.”
(How much have you seen of them?) “I haven’t seen none of them, but I’ve heard about them and I can’t wait for them to join the team because what we’re trying to do here is going to be something special.”
(Have you ever played with Terrence Ross?) “No. I haven’t. The only guy I’ve seen is Terrence Jones.”
All for now.