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Report: Celtics' Zarren takes self out of 76ers GM consideration

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Report: Celtics' Zarren takes self out of 76ers GM consideration

You wouldn't know him if he walked by you on the street, but Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren is one of the most important individuals connected with the team.

Fortunately, he's sticking around.

Zarren was reportedly in the running for the 76ers GM job, but according to Paul Flannery of WEEI.com, he's removed his name from the pool of candidates and will remain with the Celtics.

Zarren is a lifelong Celtics fan who started as an intern and has worked his way up the ranks. He doesn't watch games in a fancy suite, or in the team's locker room though. He's up in the balcony utilizing his season tickets while wearing his vintage Celtics jersey, watching closely and taking it all in.

Zarren is also a regular at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Convention, held annually at MIT.

Here's what the site says about Zarren:

A lifelong Celtics fan and season ticket holder, Michael Zarren is now the Celtics Assistant General Manager and Team Counsel. Now in his ninth year with the team after starting as an unpaid intern, Mike is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of advanced statistical analysis of basketball players and teams, and is an important part of the teams strategic planning and player personnel evaluation processes. Mike is also the teams salary cap expert and lead in-house counsel, and is responsible for the development of new technologies for team use, including the teams statistical database and video archivedelivery system. Mike was previously a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a management consultant, during which time he performed econometric and other quantitative analyses for Fortune 500 firms across a wide variety of industries. Mike is a graduate of Harvard Law School (where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology) and of the University of Chicago.

Cavs expect Isaiah Thomas playing in games by January

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Cavs expect Isaiah Thomas playing in games by January

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas could be running the point for Cleveland by the end of the year.

The All-Star point guard, acquired from the Celtics this summer in a blockbuster trade, has made progress with his hip injury, and the Cavaliers expect him to be playing games by January.

Thomas has begun running and doing on-court activities as he rehabilitates the injury, which prematurely ended his postseason with the Celtics. Cleveland acquired him in a trade that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, its biggest challenger in the East.

Thomas doesn’t need surgery. While the Eastern Conference champions have been encouraged by his recovery, they will not rush him back. While he gets healthy, Derrick Rose, another summer acquisition, will start at point guard.

Thomas averaged 28.9 points last season for the Celtics, who sent him along with forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers were concerned with Thomas’ injury, so the Celtics added a second-round pick to complete the deal.

When they introduced Thomas at a news conference, the Cavaliers were vague about a timeline for his return, mainly because they hadn’t yet worked with him. It’s now possible Thomas could be back and playing by Christmas, when the Cavs visit Golden State.

Thomas is only under contract for the upcoming season and has said in the past he wants a maximum contract.

Copyright The Associated Press.
 

Does LeBron have any advice for Kyrie? 'No'

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Does LeBron have any advice for Kyrie? 'No'

LeBron James was asked at the Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day on Monday if he had any advice for old teammate Kyrie Irving.

His answer was pretty emphatic.

"No. I got no advice for him or any other people that's on any other team...You're either with us or you're against us," James said.

Watch the video below:

Irving, of course, is now a Boston Celtic after his trade from Cleveland and a not-so-smooth parting of ways with James.