Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says the injured hip that sidelined in the playoffs has responded to rest and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp, the Boston Herald reported.
Thomas, 28, aggravated an earlier right-hip injury, forcing him out of the Eastern Conference Finals in May, but, he says, he recently has gotten back in the gym.
"The hip is great. It’s going well," he said at his annual basketball clinic at Boston University. "Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about."
There have been questions because Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists last season, followed the recommendation of specialists, among others, and opted not to have surgery for what the Herald described as a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.
"The decision was to sit and rest, and get my legs stronger, get my muscle back working again," Thomas said. "We're just going to try to get to 100 percent as quick as possible.
"I’ve been resting. That was the game plan when my season was over. To rest and stay off it as much as possible to see how it reacts. It’s reacted well, it’s just going to take some time."