Kraft gave O'Brien his blessing to leave

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Kraft gave O'Brien his blessing to leave

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Friday that the team could have denied Bill O'Brien the opportunity to take the Penn State head coaching job but said O'Brien is going to "one of the great college coaching positions. they have their challenges right now."In a conversation with Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald, Kraft "I'm sad to lose him. I told him .We have a philosophy in our company, that if anyone has an opportunity and we cant match it - we did have the ability to deny him under our contract... Billy is a very high quality guy, hes got integrity. hes honest, and Im sad to see him go but I think theyve chosen wisely."As one would expect, especially with the Patriots still having O'Brien under contract, he will remain as the team's offensive coordinator through the playoffs. I personally spoke to him, and he committed to me, that he would do everything he could to help us to try to continue to win," Kraft told Guregian.

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

Ainge: Groin injury will 'probably' keep Thomas from playing Friday

There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
 
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
 
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
 
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
 
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
 
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through,  which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
 
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.