By Jessica Camerato
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It has only been three months since Kemba Walker led the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA Mens Championship.
Since then he has been selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the ninth overall pick in the NBA Draft and, according to CNBC, has taken another step in his pro career by signing a multi-year deal with Under Armour.
While it is uncertain when Walker will play his first NBA game because of the lockout, there is no question which brand of sneaker he will be wearing.
Darren Rovell of CNBC reported:
Still looking for its can't miss star a year less than a year after debuting its first basketball shoe, Under Armour agreed to terms with Kemba Walker, sources told CNBC.Walker, who was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player after leading the University of Connecticut to its first title in seven years, is the first player in this year's draft class to sign with a shoe company.If Walker turns out to be the real deal, it might get a little bit awkward. He was selected ninth in the draft last month by the Charlotte Bobcats, which is of course owned by Michael Jordan, the greatest shoe endorser of all time.
"I am officially part of the UA fam!! I'm hype!!" Walker tweeted, along with a picture.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also signed an endorsement deal with Under Armour last fall.
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Brian Scalabrine sounds off on the critics that think the Boston Celtics play better without Isaiah Thomas after the Celtics beat the Magic by 30.
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.