Severe injuries have ruined or at least greatly changed the careers of many athletes, but because of the moment it happened, some people suffered more than others. From a financial point of view, the most terrible injuries in the NBA in recent years have occurred in the robust small playmaker and one of the best offensive centers of the past decade, who signed them before the summer worth about 2 Billion-dollar contract.
After a long break and several failed returns, Isaiah Thomas (32 years old) and DeMarcus Cousins (30 years old) made their debut for their new club on the same night in search of new ones A new opportunity to start and prove yourself. Hundreds of millions of dollars have slipped away irretrievably, but his former teammate in Sacramento as a young man is now trying to at least prove that he still belongs to the NBA.
Thomas hasn’t played basketball for 14 months, and this week he signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. In last night’s debut, Atlanta beat him 123:107. He scored 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 25 minutes on the court.
Cousins took a rest for less than two months, but his story is similar. He signed a ten-day contract with the Clippers and made his debut as a reserve team. He defeated Portland with a convincing 133-116 in less than eight minutes and scored 7 points. , 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
The ten-day contract in the NBA is for rehearsal, during which players have the right to participate in the game. After expiration, they can sign for another 10 days, after which the club decides whether to keep it until the end of the season or longer. In this way, Dragan Bender played for the Golden State Warriors before being interrupted by the pandemic last season.
Thomas’ story is one of the saddest stories in recent NBA history, but it is just one of many proofs that the NBA is not just a business and not a sporting event. The 175 cm tall organizer, named after her more famous Isija Thomas (Isija Thomas), because his father lost as a Lakers fan to a Pistons fan and was selected in the draft in 2011 The last 60.
In his third season in Sacramento, he averaged 20.3 points per game and then came to Boston via Phoenix when he was in the 2016/17 season. Participated in the professional season, was selected to the All-Star for the second consecutive year, scoring an average of 28.9 points, is the league’s third scorer, and among the top five in the NBA.
He experienced a family tragedy in the playoffs that season. His sister was killed in a car accident, but he continued to play for the Celtics and introduced them to the second round of the game before heading to the other end of the United States for a funeral. When he returned, Washington scored 53 points to take Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals, but after two losses by LeBron’s Cleveland team, he ended the season with a hip injury.
Although he showed injury and emotional destruction in the playoffs, and brought them to an extent they could not imagine, the Celtics mercilessly traded him to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie. ·Owen (Kyrie Irving).
He did not enter the final season of his contract in a great success and the best year of his career. Instead, he started his contract in a new environment, in the eternal and dramatic environment of LeBron James. After recovering from hip surgery, the Cavaliers tried to find a successful attempt for the game without Irving, and did not have the patience to wait for him to recover and replace the Los Angeles Lakers.
There, he sank into the gloom of the era between Kobe Bryant’s departure and LeBron’s joining, and he only needed to undergo new hip surgery in March and end the season. Therefore, he welcomes the summer and negotiates for a new contract, rather than becoming an All-Star player and one of the league’s deadliest scorers. His reputation has undergone two surgeries last year, and the three clubs have given him up. .
Instead of signing a multi-year contract with Denver, he signed an NBA contract with Denver of at least 2 million. He played in 12 games and then signed a 40-game NBA contract under conditions similar to those in Washington. He was awarded in February 2020, traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, and fired two days later. He never played again until the Pelicans gave him a chance.
The last two clubs just mentioned are important to Cousins’ story. He also started his career in Sacramento, but was a year earlier than Thomas and was a tall fifth overall pick. After six and a half seasons and three All-Star selections, the Kings traded him to New Orleans, where he discovered outstanding chemistry with Anthony Davis in the second season and entered his career. In the season, he scored 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists. In his career, he entered the playoffs with the Pelicans for the first time, and then his Achilles tendon was damaged.