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Allen returns to New England; talks about 'ex-teammates'

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Allen returns to New England; talks about 'ex-teammates'

Ray Allen made his first appearance in New England since leaving the Celtics for the rival Heat. On Saturday, Allen hosted 160 kids in Storrs with all proceeds going to his Ray of Hope Foundation.

Allen couldn't escape questions about his departure from the Celtics organization.

"I was a free agent," said Allen, "and I had to make a decision I definitely thought was best for me to move forward. I'm excited about where I'm going. I don't know what to expect, but I know what I expect from myself."

When asked about playing the Celtics on opening night, Allen made it clear that his teammates in Boston aren't just any 'ex-teammates.'

"I look at the guys I played with five years," he continued, "I played seven years with the Bucks and four with Seattle, so at some point you're always going to have ex-teammates. But winning (a title) with the guys in Boston, I have a bond with them. It's going to be a special game, though I am not an emotional person."

The 37-year-old Allen left Boston to sign a 9 million deal with the defending champion Miami Heat.

Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

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Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery

Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will not need surgery on his right hip after being hampered late in the postseason. 

Thomas originally suffered the injury March 15 against the Timberwolves and missed two games before reaggravating it in Game 6 of the second round against the Wizards. He played the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals but was shut down for the final three. 

“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

The Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach wrote that the team waited for swelling to go down before determining whether surgery would be needed, and that “barring any further setbacks,” he will not. 

Thomas is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points a game. He is entering the final year of his contract.