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Celtics meet with (Bulls fan) President Obama


Celtics meet with (Bulls fan) President Obama

By A.Sherrod Blakely

BOSTON It's no secret that President Barack Obama is a huge NBA fan. And not surprisingly, the Chicago native's favorite team is the Bulls.

Still, that didn't phase the Celtics players in the least bit when they had a chance to meet the President earlier this week.

Mr. Obama met with the players and coaches prior to a Democratic Fund raising event at the Museum of Fine Arts.

"It was nice," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "It was a neat thing. Whenever you meet a President, that's always nice."

When asked what did he tell the President, Rivers quipped, "Not to root for Chicago all the time."

According to both Rivers and Ray Allen, Mr. Obama thanked them for the "gift" better known as Tom Thibodeau, the former Celtic assistant-turned-Chicago head coach, who has been instrumental in the Bulls' being right on the Celtics backside for the top spot in the East.

"He talked a lot about the Bulls, I will say that," Rivers said. "That was good."

So was one of the last questions asked by Mr. Obama to Rivers.

Do you need anything?

"When the President asks you that, you can say a lot of things," Rivers said. "I just told him I'd like to secure a date to seem him again in celebration of an NBA championship. That would be nice."

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Report: Thomas won't need hip surgery


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.