While discussing treatment options with doctors and training staff, Thomas made it very clear that he wants to return “not just at a normal level, at an MVP level.” Starting at 3:10:
“The plan is to play ’til 40, and all them doctors know that.
“So whatever they got to do to help me to play not just at a normal level, at an MVP level.
“That’s been what I’ve been on them doctors and that training staff about is: No matter what happens, let’s make sure I come back even better. And I will.”
IT was arguably playing at an MVP level for most of the season, playing all 82 games and finishing third in the NBA in scoring at 28.9 ppg.