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Isaiah Thomas: Hip Feels ‘great,’ Should be Ready by Camp

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Isaiah Thomas isn’t concerned about his injured hip, and the Celtics point guard said he should be ready to go by the start of training camp next month.

Thomas said he’s been just resting since his injured hip forced him out of the Eastern Conference Finals in May, but that he recently got back in the gym to start getting back into shape.

“The hip is great,” Thomas told the Herald on Saturday during his annual basketball clinic at BU, where he was hosting more than 400 campers. “It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about.”

Thomas opted not to get surgery on his hip, which he first hurt during the regular season. He re-aggravated a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear during Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers before the Celtics shut him down.

Thomas didn’t look like he was laboring or hurting at all as he played hoops with youngsters at his camp, which included some games of 1-on-1. Granted, he wasn’t going full speed against kids, but he’s progressing and said he should be ready by the start of camp.

“That’s the plan, yeah,” he said. “I should be ready by camp, but I’m getting back in the gym shooting and being able to work out in the weight room and get my cardio back, because I’ve been down for two and a half months since the season ended. It’s getting there though. This week has been great progress for me.”

Source: Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald

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Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen Among HOF Finalists

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Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday.

Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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Giannis: I want to work with Kobe over the Summer

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Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ 134-123 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN Milwaukee he hopes to work with NBA legend Kobe Bryant this summer.

“When I go to that event, I’m going to try to sneak an opportunity to talk to him,” Antetokounmpo said. “I want to ask him if I can come to L.A. to work with him.”

Source: Eric Nehm of ESPN

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Sources: Aldridge, Horford Were Picked Last in All-Star Draft

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San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn’t surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. “I’m not a flashy player,” the six-time All-Star said. “That’s OK.”

Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James’ team, and Boston Celtics power forward Al Horford was the last pick by Stephen Curry’s team, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.”

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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