Report: Rondo to play with Wade, James for charity

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Report: Rondo to play with Wade, James for charity

By Jessica Camerato
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The thought of Rajon Rondo teaming up with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh could sound like a nightmare to Boston Celtics fans.

But dont worry, its all for a good cause.

Rondo is one of several players expected to play in The South Florida All-Star Classic on Saturday, October 8, according to ESPN.com. The game, scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. at Florida International Universitys U.S. Century Bank Arena, will support the educational community in South Florida.

In addition to the Heats trio, Rondo is slated to be joined by Carmelo Anthony, Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler, Mario Chalmers, Jamal Crawford, Eddy Curry, Kevin Durant, Johnny Flynn, Rudy Gay, Joe Johnson, Wesley Matthews, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Lou Williams and Dorell Wright. Rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are also possibilities to play.

According to the report, the players will be split into Brand Jordan and Nike squads. Wade, Anthony, and Paul will headline the Brand Jordan team, which is expected to be coached by comedian Kevin Hart, while James, Durant, and Bosh will headline the Nike team, coached by rapper Rick Ross.

This summer Rondo was featured in The Foot Locker Advantage Academy promoting Nike gear. For more on his Nike campaign, click here.

The South Florida All-Star Classic is one of many games Rondo has participated in during the NBA lockout. In August, he played for the University of Kentucky Pros against the Dominican Republic National Team. This Friday, he is expected to play in Atlantas Southern Hospitality Showcase, organized by former teammate Marquis Daniels.

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Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.