Stern not present for Thursday's bargaining

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Stern not present for Thursday's bargaining

NEW YORK If the NBA and the players union somehow reach an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement today, it'll likely be done without NBA commissioner David Stern in the room.

NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said Stern was sent home with flu-like symptoms, and was not expected to be at the bargaining sessions this afternoon with the players union.

Although Silver is the chief negotiator for the NBA in these talks, it's highly unlikely that the league would come to terms on a new deal without Stern around.

However, Silver added that despite Stern not being physically in the bargaining session, he would very much remain in the loop on the proceedings.

"He'll be fully engaged with the committee, led by (San Antonio Spurs owner) Peter Holt," Silver said. "And so he will be an active participant even though he won't be there in person."

Apparently Stern's illness was not something that came about suddenly.

"His symptoms were not helped by the fact that we had several late nights this week," Silver said.

On Tuesday, the league and players union met for more than 16 hours, and turned around to continue talks just eight hours later in yet another marathon bargaining session that lasted more than eight hours.

In between those talks were meetings among the NBA's Board of Governors who are in town this week for their annual meetings.

"I think he just got a little worn down," Silver said. "But again, he's still very active in this process. I'm sure he'll be addressing our committee by conference call when we reconvene today."

As far as Thursday's Board of Governors meeting, Silver said there was a "robust" discussion on revenue sharing.

"The revenue sharing discussions are on a parallel track with the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) negotiations," said Silver, who was limited in what he could say due to the gag order imposed by federal mediator George Cohen. "We hope to wrap that up around the same time. Part of the issue is, that in order to complete revenue-sharing discussions, we need to know where we are going to come out, more precisely, CBA, BRI-split in particular. Both are dependent on each other."

Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

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Report: Paul Pierce '50-50' about retirement after Clippers' exit

After the Clippers were elminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, a disappointed Paul Pierce told ESPN that he was "50-50" about retirement. 

In a video after Portland's Game 6 victory posted on oregonlive.com, the former Celtics captain said his "heart is broken" by another playoff elimination. 

Pierce signed a a three-year, $10 million contract to return home (he grew up in Inglewood, Calif.) and play for his old coach Doc Rivers in Los Angeles.  He'll be 39 next season and coming off the worst season of his career. Pierce averaged 6.1 points, 36 percent shooting and 18 minutes a game, all career lows.

How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

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How does Isaiah Thomas improve? Eating right is one step

WALTHAM, Mass. -- This past season, Isaiah Thomas took a major step forward to becoming more than just a solid NBA player, but one of the game’s best.
 
He knows he won’t stay among the elite for long if he doesn’t make some changes with the most notable being to his diet.
 
“I do not eat good,” Thomas acknowledged following his exit interview this week. “I eat like a young guy, a young guy who got a little bit of money, fast food every day. But I’m definitely going to change.”
 
The change becomes necessary not only in light of how the season ended for him and the Celtics, but also for his long-term goals, which include playing in the NBA until he’s at least 40 years old.
 
“I’m not that old but the greatest players took care of their bodies the best,” Thomas said.
 
Among those cited by Thomas who excelled at taking care of their bodies was former Celtic Ray Allen.
 
But Thomas was quick to add that he won’t go to the lengths that Allen did in maintaining good health.
 
“Because he’s a little crazy with that,” quipped Thomas. “I just want to play at a high level for a long time, like Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant. You have to take care of your body. That’s half the battle of performing out there on the floor.
 
Thomas added, “This is a big summer for me to start doing that.”
 
Eating right is just part of the transformation process for Thomas.
 
He’ll also modify is offseason workouts to include some work in the boxing ring with long time friend Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
 
“I’m definitely work with him a few times, get my conditioning right, probably train, do some boxing stuff on the side, just to get in that type of shape,” Thomas said. “You get in that type of shape you won’t get tired on the basketball floor. This summer is big for me, transforming my body, getting into the best shape possible and coming back and having another all-star year.”
 
For the Celtics to improve upon this past season, they will need Thomas to continue elevating his play as well as the play of those around him.
 
It is that latter point that was among the many reasons Boston’s season is over. No matter what he did, those around him could not step their game up to a level needed in order to get past the Atlanta Hawks.
 
Chalk it up to another lesson learned for Thomas.
 
“You can’t do it on your own,” Thomas said. “There’s no way you can do it on your own. Nobody can do it on your own; and how hard it is to win playoff games, a playoff series. It’s not easy.”
 
And when you come up short, for Thomas is created an uneasiness that he never wants to experience again.
 
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again,” he said. “It really hurt me. I’m going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and to work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you’ll I’ll be back better than ever next year.”
 

Maxwell: Celtics weren’t ready to play at that level

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Maxwell: Celtics weren’t ready to play at that level

Cedric Maxwell joined Arbella Early Edition to analyze the biggest takeaway from the Celtics-Hawks series.

But you also have to wonder if the Celtics could have interest in signing Kent Bazemore or Al Horford, both free agents for the Hawks.