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Onalaska’s Matt Thomas waiting and wondering with NBA season on hold

Toronto (WXOW) Matt Thomas should be preparing for the homestretch to the NBA's regular-season right now.
Instead, he's stuck at home, like the rest of the league's players and coaches.

The Onalaska High School graduate's season is on hold because of the COVID-19 virus.

"Just staying positive and just trying to make the most of it. It's crazy though," Thomas said during a phone interview Thursday.

That's all Matt Thomas can do for now.
Thomas just came out of a 14-day quarantine on Tuesday.
The Raptors were one of the last teams to play the Utah Jazz before Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the coronavirus on March 11th and were immediately told to isolate.

"I'm currently at my apartment. I have a little balcony or terrace where I can get some fresh air. But that was definitely tough not being able to go outside and have your normal life."

Thomas said all the Raptors were tested and all came back negative for the virus.
But due to the quarantine, Thomas hasn't been able to work out in a gym in more than two weeks.

"Not shooting a basket or being in a gym, it's been, it's hard to remember. I would say 10 or 11 years old, I'd say 5th or 6th grade when I really started to have that passion and love for the game, I've never been one to take time off. Even after seasons."

The team has delivered food to thomas and provided some workout equipment as well with the hopes they will re-start the season at some point.

"It's so hard to predict. What that looks like, I don't know. Are we going to be playing games in front of fans or not? Are we playing in arenas? I've heard people talk about at team practice facilities if we are able to finish the season. It's so hard to say right now."

Thomas was just starting to see more playing time in his first NBA season.
He scored 9 straight points against the bucks on February 25th and was connecting on 46 percent of his three-point shots.

"I always try to stay ready for my opportunities when my number has been called. Just play my game and go out there and produce. When I get on the court I definitely feel I belong at this level."

Scott Emerich

Scott is WXOW’s Sports Director

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