Would Thomas start over Ball? Could they play together? Would Thomas demand a buyout? The message on Thomas’ screen referenced none of that. Ball simply wanted to know if on days off his new teammate liked to get in the gym. “I told him there is no days off,” Thomas said. He would be at the Lakers’ practice facility the next morning at 11. Ball asked if he could join him. “That says a lot about the type of person and player he is,” Thomas said. “He wants to be great. He wants to get better. I’m all for helping him. I’ve been in the league seven years and I know a little bit about the NBA. But at the same time I’m pushing to be great as well.”