Isaiah Thomas is unlikely to have surgery on his right hip labrum tear this offseason and should be “ready to go,” for the upcoming season, coach Brad Stevens told reporters ahead of the Boston Celtics’ Utah Summer League opener Monday.
Thomas has been getting multiple opinions on his labrum tear throughout the offseason as he rehabs the injury, with the goal beign that the rehab would go well enough to avoid surgery. That appears to be the current path base don Stevens’ update.
“Every indication is he feels good and will be ready to go,” Stevens said as relayed by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.
Thomas will have a follow-up with his doctor in the next 7-10 days.
“He’s got a follow-up with his doctor that he’s been working closely with either next week or 10 days out from now and then determine next step,” Stevens said as relayed by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald.
This follows the trend espoused by the front office for the past month in rare press conferences, although this is the strongest confirmation that he will be ready thus far.
It is important to remember that while Stevens may be many things, he is not a trained medical professional.
“Probably the wrong guy to ask, (but) everything I’ve been told is that — everybody that I have talked to said it looked unlikely that they would need to,” said Stevens.
“But I don’t want to speak in absolutes,” he said.
“I’m not a doctor, just a coach.”