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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Celtics' Wallace said pondering retirement

BOSTON (AP) Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers says that center Rasheed Wallace is probably going to retire.

Rivers said on WEEI-AM on Monday that Wallace told him before Game 7 of the NBA Finals that he believed it was the last game of his career.

Wallace has two years left on the contract he signed with the Celtics last summer.

The 35-year-old would finish with 15,860 points and 7,321 rebounds in a 15-year career. The volatile big man was also the most ejected player of his era, with 30 ejections since such records started being kept in 1992.

He played with four teams, winning the NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

Paul not ready yet

DAVIDSON , N.C. (AP) Coming off what he calls "the longest stretch of my career," New Orleans guard Chris Paul is making slow progress in his rehabilitation from numerous injuries and is eager to play for new Hornets coach Monty Williams.

His summer plans, including playing for the United States in the FIBA World Championships, remain far from certain.

Chatting briefly from a cart before playing in a celebrity golf tournament in his home state on Monday, Paul glanced a couple times at his surgically repaired left knee and said he's still been unable to get on the floor because of injuries that kept him out of 37 games last season.

That would leave little time for the three-time All-Star to get ready to play for the U.S. in Turkey on Aug. 28-Sept. 12.

"I'm still getting there. I'm still doing rehab and stuff like that so I can get to 125 percent," Paul said. "I'm excited about getting healthy. It's like I'm starting over almost."

Paul suffered a sprained left ankle in November, then underwent surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He sat out the final four games of the season with a torn ligament in his right middle finger.

Paul averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 assists in 45 games.

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