Isaiah Thomas Honors Kobe Bryant, Chooses No. 24 Jersey with Pelicans

Blake SchusterContributor IApril 3, 2021

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Isaiah Thomas is getting another chance at playing in the NBA and will honor Kobe Bryant in the process.

After the guard signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, the team announced he'll wear No. 24 Saturday. Thomas retweeted the announcement and shouted out Bryant:

Isaiah Thomas @isaiahthomas

Kobe!!!! πŸ™πŸΎπŸ https://t.co/EvleQqOZdU

Thomas has been out of the league since February 2020 but did appear on Team USA during FIBA qualifying victories over the Bahamas and Mexico a few weeks ago. The 32-year-old showed he was healthy and still able to make plays at a high level. He just needs to prove it in the NBA. 

A Pelicans team weathering a few injuries gave him that opportunity. 

Thomas averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds over 40 games with the Wizards in 2019-20. If he gets anywhere near those marks with New Orleans, he can expect to stick around longer than 10 days. 

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