HoopsHype Tyrus Thomas rumors

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Earlier this week Alex Kennedy revealed that after a year away from the game, Tyrus Thomas is trying to work his way back into the league. Thomas, the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, was amnestied by the Charlotte Bobcats after the 2012-13 season. Following that season, Thomas was forced to undergo surgery to have a cyst removed from his back and also dealt with issues away from the court that made him think his career was done. But, he’s healthy now and training twice a day at a minimum in San Antonio, Texas, waiting for a phone call from an NBA team that needs him. Basketball Insiders was able to film a Thomas workout and talk to him more in-depth about why he feels ready to make his comeback now in this two-part video feature. Basketball Insiders

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“I think if I’m in a good situation, the perception will change; I think that’s inevitable,” Thomas said. “I want to find a team that I can mesh with and add value to.” Larry Brown, Thomas’ former coach with the Bobcats, believes he can make a successful comeback into the NBA. “Tyrus has got a lot of good years ahead of him and I know he’s talented enough and cares enough to play again,” Brown said in a statement through Montgomery Sports Group. “I enjoyed my time with him, he was a great team player and I’ll do anything I can to get him back into the league.” Basketball Insiders

Thomas disappeared from the spotlight after being amnestied by the Charlotte Bobcats in July of 2013. In addition to losing his career and stepping away from the game he loved, Thomas also went through a divorce and what could have been a career-ending surgery to remove a cyst from his back. “I can’t begin to tell you what was going through my mind,” Thomas told Basketball Insiders. “It all felt overwhelming – being released, going through a divorce and then the injury that led to me ultimately having to have surgery.” Basketball Insiders

“I would wake up, pick my basketball up off the floor, bounce it around the house and say, ‘I want to play. I have something to prove to everyone who believed in me. I have something to prove to myself. I can do this,'” Thomas said. “Then, I’d wake up the next day not feeling good physically and I’d think, ‘This surgery isn’t worth it.’ I had good days and I had bad days.” Basketball Insiders

Thomas admits that he didn’t always handle things the right way during his first stint in the NBA and believes many of his setbacks resulted from immaturity and being unprepared mentally for the challenges the league would bring his way. Now, Thomas is hoping to show teams just how much he has grown up. “I was 19 years old when I first entered the NBA; it’s no excuse and I’ve owned my mistakes, but whew have I grown a lot,” Thomas said. “Over the last two years, I’ve grown not only as a player but as a person. I now realize the opportunities that, at times, I took for granted. I look back now and I was just a poor kid from South Baton Rouge. I didn’t understand then what I understand now. Everything happened at once: getting amnestied, going through a divorce and making the decision if I wanted to come back and play basketball because of the severity of the surgery. Going through all of that, I definitely grew up.” Basketball Insiders

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Frank Isola: Knicks have interest in Tyrus Thomas, who was officially released by the Bobcats today. Twitter @FisolaNYDN

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