From a Virginia Cavalier to a Cleveland Cavalier: Sean Singletary talks Isaiah Thomas, Hip Rehab Process

Sean Singletary had an outstanding college basketball career, ending it as the fifth all time leading scorer in Virginia Cavalier history. Destined for the NBA, Singletary was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft. Singletary underwent off-season hip surgery before the draft, so he knows a thing or two about the hip rehab process, similar to the one that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas is currently going through. I talked to Singletary about hip rehab on a recent episode of the Unnecessary Roughness Podcast.

What is the recovery process like and how does that type of injury affect your game?

“It’s tough because your hips are in your core. A lot of trainers and athletes concentrate on core strength because everything starts in the middle and that’s where you get most of your power from,” said Singletary.

Singletary had to deal with the lingering effects of that hip injury throughout his six year professional basketball career.

“It’s tough because it’s a long recovery period and you have to be tedious with your work and rehab and just maintaining your health overall. You have to do a lot of core drills and stretching and a lot of body maintenance goes into it and if you don’t do it the right way it leads to other injuries,”.

Isaiah Thomas warms up pre-game for the Cleveland Cavalier

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Injuries eventually cut Singletary’s career short as he retired as a member of the Erie Bayhawks in 2014 after suffering a season ending injury.

Singletary also had some high praise for the all star point guard.

“Hopefully he’ll get back to 100 percent and if he does I know he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

Agreed that Isaiah Thomas at 100 percent is indeed a force. However, getting back to 100 percent is the top priority.

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