Reggie Miller and the other HOF candidates

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Reggie Miller and the other HOF candidates

From Comcast SportsNet
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)Five-time NBA All-Star Reggie Miller and Don Nelson,the leagues winningest coach, headline the list of 12 finalists for the 2012class for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.Miller was joined Friday by three other first-time finalistsfive-timeNCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch and two-timeOlympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. Previous finalists on the ballot again are Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, BernardKing, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes and theAll-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrottersand the first womens professional basketball team.The class of 2012 will be announced April 2 at NCAA Final Four in NewOrleans. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election.

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

BOSTON –  Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas (hip) is feeling better, but no decision has been made on whether the two-time All-Star will have surgery.

“He’s doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle,” Stevens told a pool reporter during Thursday night’s NBA draft. “He’s getting ready to host his Zeke-end (basketball tournament), which is a big deal for him.”

Thomas, who led all players in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 points per game average, suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against Washington but continued to play through it.

However, the injury only worsened and ultimately led to him being unable to return in the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland which ended in five games.

Stevens said no decision has made yet as to whether Thomas will require surgery.

“He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action,” Stevens said. “And nothing’s determined after that. He hasn’t done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won’t be doing any basketball.”