IT ready to contribute again following hip surgery

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Five months removed from a hip resurfacing procedure, two-time NBA All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas is charting a course for the 2020-21 season armed with visual and data evidence that he’s now a much stronger candidate to contribute to an NBA roster as a bench scorer.

“It’s like night and day for me,” Thomas, 31, told ESPN. “There’s no more pain. I’ve got my full range of motion. For three years, I was trying to play the best players in the world on one leg. I needed help from my kids to put my socks on in the morning.

“Now, I can lift weights. I can squat low. I can work out twice a day. I’m able to cut and move and stop, able to cut and go. I feel like I’m 31 years old again. And now, I have scientific evidence to show that.”

Seven months ago, Thomas had been traded to the LA Clippers from the Washington Wizards and waived. For him to play in the NBA, something had to change with his hip. Finally, he decided that a procedure by Dr. Edwin Su, a renowned orthopedist in New York, was the best chance to

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