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Your Morning Dump… Ainge is not shopping Rondo (rinse and repeat)

Chuck - Red's Army January 6, 2012 Uncategorized 5 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Ainge was asked if he was ever concerned that Rondo would be at all affected by the rumors that had the point guard potentially being swapped for Chris Paul. 

"I sat down with Rondo when he got back into town, when the lockout ended, and I just told him the truth of what was going on. And that was it," Ainge said. "I've had conversations since, told him exactly what was happening. … I was not trying to trade Rajon Rondo. There's a big difference between trying to acquire a player and trying to trade a player. Rondo knows what I was trying to do, and he knows I wasn't shopping him around and trying to trade him, as has been reported. There's a big difference."

As for Rondo's early-season performance (15.3 points per game, league-best 10.7 assists per game), Ainge credits the point guard's work ethic during the lockout.

"I think that that he was very motivated, we had received reports all summer how hard he was working this offseason," said Ainge. "He showed up in great shape and he came out of the gates playing fantastic basketball for us, and he had a great training camp and he has the right mindset when he goes out on the court."

WEEI

Leave it to the boys at WEEI to beat a dead horse. Ainge has only made these statements 57 times since the season started. 

While it's very early (7 games into the season), Rondo is averaging career bests in FG% (53%), 3 FG (42%), and free throw attempts (5.3) and makes (3.1) per game. He's been a more aggressive player, at times. With Paul Pierce and Ray Allen still playing at a high level, I don't think we'll see Rondo impose his will on games night in and night out. Aside from the free throw percentage and turnover rate, it's hard to find fault in Rondo's game this season.

Ainge hinted that Mickael Pietrus could make his debut next Wednesday vs the Mavericks.

On Page 2, Doc says Brandon Bass is the team's best defender?

And even though Bass is still learning the Celtics’ system, coach Doc Rivers also considers him an asset on defense.

“He’s already a very good individual defender,’’ Rivers said. “If you told Brandon to just guard his guy, he’s probably our best at that because he can move his feet extremely well and he can switch on smaller players.

“He’ll get it. I’m not that concerned about it – just during the games, of course, because of rotations. But he’ll get that. It’s not a concern.

“It’s just going to take time. Chris [Wilcox] is behind a little bit. A lot of their weak-side helps are late, stuff like that.

“Just trying to get them to understand – you guard your guy and the ball at the same time. They’re still into guarding their guy, especially on the weak side, but they’ll get there.’’

Globe – Rivers OK with Bass' defense

If they don't get it, they won't play. That's the way Doc rolls. 

The rest of the links:  

Globe – Playing one-on-one with Ainge, Rivers | Herald – Celtics youth not always served | Rivers doesn't fault David West | CSNNE Video: Where's the love for Stiemsma? | ESPN Boston - Tough for young guys to earn spots | 5-on-5: Early season Cs | Fox – Pacers/Celtics preview

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    A social lie is one thing. That’s when you say something that everyone knows is not true, but that everyone accepts as the easiest way for folks to save face and avoid conflict. Then you move on. Danny is adept at that kind of lie. Unfortunately, he can’t let it go at that. He perpetuates and repeats the lie endlessly, until it becomes a malevolent lie, a lie that reflects fundamental dishonesty. That what often turns people into liars. Not only are they never willing to admit to wrong, but they determinedly perpetuate social lies into actual malevolent lies. Danny should just tell media folks that he will not discuss the Perkins Trade and the Rondo Shopping further. But he wants to convince people that he was really, really, really telling the truth, and the more he tries, the more he comes off as a desperate liar.
    Just tell the social lie and move on, Danny. Or better yet, admit that you screwed up and move on. That would be even better. But clinging to falsehoods like you do is ignominious and bad for you.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/karibisha Karibisha

    Well said!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    Excellent analysis … the more he perpetuates this lie the explanation becomes a more arduous task making him look worse. RR is their most tradable commodity and thus far he appears to be wearing it as a badge of honor. It’s strange that Danny admitted Ray was on the block during the 2010 trade deadline, but plays this so close to the vest. In the world of Twitter nothing stays covert for too long.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/karibisha Karibisha

    Danny’s lies just doing damage control after the trade fell through, but wonder who “leaked” the Rondo trade to media. Doc in one of the pressers even used the words “leaked out.” But more important who leaked the bottle throwing incident to the media to profile Rondo in such a bad light and wonder at the timing of it. The C’s locker room internal strife is usually kept tightly closed to public.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sondler Jerry Sondler

    “It`s not a lie IF you believe it”…George Costanza