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Jay King: Yabusele’s MRI came back “clear,” according to Stevens. He still has knee soreness though so he won’t play today.
Stevens said the team wasn’t particularly worried about Yabusele’s knee. “They don’t think it’s anything,” Stevens said, “but they’re going to get some imaging just to make sure.”
Jay King: Marcus Morris (rest) will not play tomorrow against the Hawks. Guerschon Yabusele (knee) is doubtful. The usual suspects (Irving, Hayward, Smart, Theis) are all out, obviously.
Adam Himmelsbach: Guerschon has a sore knee. Team doesn’t have great concern but he’ll have MRI to be sure.
Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele said he is “feeling great” as he continues to recover from May surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankles. Yabusele has yet to go full-speed in an on-court workout, but he has almost reached that point. “I’ve been running a little bit and doing some bike stuff and just keeping my ankle moving,” Yabusele said Thursday. “But I’m ready to go.”
“I had to still walk and do some stuff on my ankle to keep the motion moving and then have increased the mobility, too,” Yabusele said. “But yeah, most of the part was like relax and not be on the court and shooting. So it was tough, but I have to become stronger.”
But 6-foot-9-inch forward Guerschon Yabusele remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have bone spurs removed from his ankles. Ainge said that Yabusele will not accompany the team during summer league play, instead remaining in Boston to maintain his rehabilitation schedule.
Guerschon Yabusele, a 2016 first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, underwent surgery recently to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet and will not participate in summer league, according to a league source.
Scott Souza: #Celtics draftee Guerschon Yabusele said he’s still feeling little pain in ankle, will be evaluated before determining next step this year.
Austin Ainge, Celtics director of player personnel, said because of the ankle sprain, no decision has been made as to whether the 6-foot-8, 260-pound big man will be in town to play or whether the focus will be on treating his ankle injury and not putting him on the floor. “He will come and be evaluated by medical staff and we will make a plan from there,” Ainge told CSNNE.com.
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The day — which began with James visiting students at his I Promise School in Akron — couldn’t have been any better for him. “To come here tonight and go out and hear the fans’ reception — 11 years playing here,” James said. “I just tried to be the best basketball player, the best role model, the best leader I can be both on and off the floor by example for this franchise. They showed their appreciation not only for myself, but for my friends and family at the game tonight. It was a great moment.”
The recognition from fans and the team was a moment he deserved. “I appreciate these fans just as much as they appreciate me. Every single night we stepped out on the floor, they showed their appreciation to not only myself but my teammates for those 11 years, especially those last four years, those championship runs we were making. That was my salute to them for them appreciating what I was able to accomplish with my coaches and teammates.”
“We’re not playing with the same personality that we did last year, and that’s the easy way to describe it, and the 50,000 issues are below that,” Stevens said. “I just don’t know that we’re that good. Maybe it’s not a wake-up call if you keep getting beat.”