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Ainge on Sheed, Shaq, TA and Perk

Danny Ainge covered a bunch of topics this morning while on the Dennis and Callahan show.

In a nutshell:

  • Rasheed Wallace is definitely retiring
  • Shaquille O'Neal is a longshot
  • Tony Allen wants to play a bigger role, more than defense
  • Perk likely out through mid-to-late February
  • He disliked LeBron's Decision special and the pep rally in Miami
  • Matt Barnes is a terrific player, but the Celtics can only offer vet minimum

Here's what Ainge had to say about this team making another run deep into the playoffs next season:I

Yeah, for two reasons, I think that I saw a much better [Kevin
] in the playoffs than we had all year and KG told me
once the season was over, how much better he felt than he had felt all
year long. He was doing his strength training very late, so I’m
encouraged by the possibility of that KG coming back and being better
this year.

I saw a very good Ray Allen. Ray Allen got hurt, had a very severe
thigh bruise that nobody really talked about in the NBA finals after he
had a spectacular game early, in the third game. He had a severe thigh
bruise; his legs looked about two inches bigger and all black and blue.
Ray had a terrific year, he had his best year of his career shooting
inside the arc and then he really stepped up and shot the ball outside
the three-point line in the second half of the season, so I’m encouraged
that Ray has a lot more left in the tank.

Paul was hurt, too; Paul was not 100 percent during the regular
season. When he was 100 percent, Paul played great last year. With those
guys at those ages, Paul and KG, Jermaine, there’s no reason if they
can get healthy, they should be terrific players still.

Ah-ha! I knew there had to be a reason for Ray's poor shooting. He was badly injured and that's the only reason why the Lakers won Game 7. Tainted championship. Period.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    I think we’re seriously in trouble if Danny’s plan is “the big 3 are gonna be better.”
    Fact is, pretty much everyone has bumps and bruises come playoff time.
    Other than possibly the draft, and we all know how much Doc plays rookies, this offseason hasnt gone well for the C’s.

  • Luke Walton

    Amen to that.
    Load of crap for a game plan.
    They are old. These injuries may improve, but their bodies will break down in different ways.
    Next to no excitement about the big 3 coming back.

  • Atlas Shrugged

    Aren’t Ray Allen’s thighs always black?
    I also did not need the image of Ainge measuring Ray Allen’s thighs for additional inches.

  • Joseph 17-16 (it’s just a matter of time)

    Now you’re hiding behind injuries? Classic Boston fans – can’t accept that they lost to the better team.
    And look at the injuries that were mentioned. A bruise?? A f’n bruise?? Kobe played with a broken finger! Bynum played on a knee that requires surgery (Kobe’s knee also requires surgery)! And you guys call the Lakers soft? If the Suckdics are going to say a bruise hurt the team, then the Suckdics are bigger f*gs than I thought.

  • 24/8

    Simple fact – if this Lakers championship is a “tainted victory” because a star Celtic player was too injured to contribute as expected then the Celtics’ championship two years ago was also “tainted” because Bynum was badly injured and Ariza was recovering from an injury. Right? No? How predictable.
    Yes, Allen and Pierce had injuries. Well, one was just a bruise, but still, it was a leg bruise not an arm bruise, so that affects his jumping and running and endurance. And Perkins left with a massive injury. But Kobe also had a knee and hand injury. Bynum had a worse knee injury. Odom’s shoulder was screwed up.
    See how this works? Once you set a Reason for saying the team that beat you won in a “tainted” fashion that means that if/when your team experiences the same thing (opponent lost due to injuries) now your team won a “tainted championship”. Period.
    Nice work negating the only championship the Celtics can hope to enjoy as the Heat take over the East and the Celtics sink back down to the glory of the Pierce/Walker years.