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Tim Thomas Done For Season

In General NBA on March 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm

The Dallas Morning News reports

For most of the last two months, Tim Thomas hasn’t been with the Mavericks because some things are far more important than basketball.

The 6-10 forward has been caring for his wife, Tricia, who has been suffering from serious health issues for over a year now.

“I had to give up doing something I love to take care of someone I love,” Thomas said.

During his time away from the team, the Mavericks and Thomas have not commented on the reason for his absence. Every game, the same explanation is given: not with the team, personal reasons.

This episode is much more painful for Thomas and the organization.

“Right now, my wife has to be my priority,” Thomas said while talking publicly Monday about the situation for the first time. “The Mavs have been tremendous through this whole thing. They’ve allowed me to do what I have to do.”

Thomas wants to keep the nature of his wife’s illness private. But he said she has been dealing with the situation and there is hope that things are improving.

The Mavericks have given Thomas all the latitude he needs to care for his wife and their three young children.

“Tim has the organization’s full support and understanding,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The door’s open for him to return if that becomes a viable option for him and his family. But we completely understand the urgency of his situation. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with him and his family.”

Best wishes to Tim Thomas and his family.

Back To Basketball

This will create an opportunity for Eduardo Najera. He is now the Mavs only big man, outside of Dirk, that is capable of knocking down open jump shots.

That is a valuable weapon for Dallas … even if he is only used as a situational sub. It gives them something different to throw at the opposition.

At first, I thought the loss of Thomas had cost them that weapon but I had forgotten about the Najera acquisition. That will provide enough cover.

Dallas can also use Shawn Marion as a stretch four but it’s preferable to also have a big man option available in case you want to keep Marion on a defensive assignment out on the perimeter. Say against the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. That’s why having a guy like Tim Thomas or Najera, even if not a rotation regular, is a useful weapon for Dallas to have off the bench.

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