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NBA Notes: No Decision on Hip Surgery for Celtics' Isaiah Thomas

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    NBA Notes: No Decision on Hip Surgery for Celtics' Isaiah Thomas
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    NBA Notes: No decision on hip surgery for Celtics' Isaiah Thomas

    CLEVELAND -- Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas has visited one hip specialist and plans to see others.

    Thomas, who is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March and aggravated in the playoffs, told Celtics coach Brad Stevens that he intends to get "one or two more opinions" before a course of action is set. It's possible Thomas could undergo surgery on his hip. The Celtics have described Thomas' condition as a tear in his hip.

    Stevens reiterated before Game 4 that Thomas will not play again this season, even if the Celtics push the defending champion Cavaliers beyond five games in the Eastern Conference finals.

    Thomas was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason on Saturday, ending his inspiring playoff run following the tragic death of his younger sister.

    Stevens said Thomas told him he's still sore and there is still significant inflammation in his hip.

    Magic: Weltman adds Hammond hours after getting hired
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jeff Weltman is finally getting the chance to run his own team after more than two decades of toil in NBA front offices. Faced with the daunting task of remaking the Orlando Magic, he wasted little time in adding a familiar face to help him.

    Hours after the Magic formally announced Weltman Tuesday morning as their president of basketball operations, he named longtime NBA executive John Hammond the club's new general manager.

    The two worked together in Milwaukee years ago, though the tables were turned back then with Weltman reporting to Hammond.

    Considering their history, if they didn't come as a package deal, Orlando's moves certainly have that feel to them.

    "John brings tremendous experience and is a great talent evaluator," said Weltman, who was an assistant general manager under Hammond in Milwaukee from 2008-13 and the two also worked together in Detroit from 2007-08. "He has experience in everything from day-to-day operations to player development."

    Hammond replaces Rob Hennigan, who was fired last month after the Magic failed to make the playoffs during his five-year tenure. He will work under Weltman in a newly structured Magic front office that now features two well-respected, veteran executives that inherit a team that went 29-53 last season (see full story).

    Spurs: Ginobili's uncertain future has fans anxious
    SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Manu Ginobili was swept away by the emotions of a sold-out home crowd serenading him with chants of "Manu, Manu" and rising as one for a standing ovation in the closing minutes of the Western Conference Finals.

    Spurs fans were saying goodbye, but did not want to let go of the star who helped San Antonio win four of its five NBA Championships with his dynamic play.

    "It was kind of emotional and overwhelming," Ginobili said. "Yea, I don't have a lot of words to describe it, but of course it makes you feel really well. Feeling that type of appreciation, love, respect. ... When it happens in a situation like that and you receive all of that without expecting it, it shakes your world a little bit."

    The emotional outpouring led Ginobili to make a startling revelation to friend and teammate, Australian Patty Mills, as they sat on the bench.

    Ginobili had no idea what all the fuss was about.

    "It felt like they wanted me to retire," he said with a smile. "Like they were giving me sort of a celebration night. And of course, I'm getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It's getting harder and harder, but I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels" (see full story).