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Your Morning Dump… Where Danny Ainge has a warning for the fans asking him to lose on purpose


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“As I walk around town, more than anything else there are those that say, ‘Hey, don’t win too many games,”‘ said Ainge, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations. “There are so many fans that want us to play for the draft.”

Ainge’s measured response is that they should be more careful what they wish for.

“That’s harder than people recognize,” said Ainge of losing as a strategy. “It’s a really easy thing to conceptualize, and an easy thing to talk about and philosophize about. But it’s a hard thing to live through — for fans, for coaches, for owners, for sponsors, for our TV partners.”

It was the pain of losing that forced his coach of nine years, Doc Rivers, to relocate, with great irony, to the Clippers.

“Right,” said Ainge. “It’s a really hard thing to do.”

Without ever mentioning the name of the consensus No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, Ainge made it clear that he does not believe the Kansas freshman carries the value of Kevin Durant, with whom he is often compared.

“If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was out there to change your franchise forever, or Tim Duncan was going to change your franchise for 15 years? That might be a different story,” said Ainge. “I don’t see that player out there.”

It sounds as though the tanking brigade is wearing on Danny Ainge. The Celtics should install a giant screen outside the Garden and play the 1997 and 2007 draft lotteries on a loop.

Ainge also issued some caution about consensus #1 pick Andrew Wiggins, i.e. he’s not worth blowing up your franchise.

It appears (and this could all be a smokescreen) that Ainge’s plan is to acquire and develop young talent, some of which will be used as assets to acquire stars. While it’s not as sexy as drafting #1, it can work.

Meanwhile, here’s a peek at Rajon Rondo working out yesterday:

He’s moving really well. Of course, there a big difference between playing at, say 85% and 100% on a reconstructed knee.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Crank up the Bass | Green on All-Intriguing Team | Rondo works OT | Globe – Sullinger impresses on 1st day | Bradley focuses on PG role in camp | Herald – Stevens more than stat geek | With new staff, it’s all in details | CSNNE – Shav headed to China | Pressey confident he’ll get time at point | Mass Live – Stevens looking for Olynyk, big men to space the floor

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  • Chuck Moran

    I think ainge is going for Durant when he’s a free agent I would live to have Kevin durant in green during his prime.

    • Robert Hodgman

      I’m sure we would all love to see that, but I can’t think of one single reason why Durant would choose to come to Boston. Every single team is going to make a play for him and we don’t have the talent or climate to entice him. Also he seems like the superstar most likely to show loyalty to his current team.
      No player under 35 or so gives a crap about the vaunted history here either.

  • KGino

    Well those fans are stupid. Paul Pierce was drafted 10th and changed our franchise for 15 years…

    Do those same fans think tanking will help the Celtics attract free agents? Seems like LA / Miami / Texas already have a leg up on us do to climate alone, we don’t need to lose any more ground by becoming a team known for tanking.

    Lastly, we are the most successful franchise in sports history (most championships per season), tanking goes against the very fabric of what it means to be a Celtic. Red would be ashamed of the pro-tanking fans.

  • Robert Hodgman

    I don’t know why Danny seems so irritated with people suggesting that his goal is to tank…it’s his own fault.
    He hasn’t made 1 move this offseason geared towards winning games. His acquisitions read like a who’s who list of mediocre underachievers. And he already had a good collection of those.
    The roster is unbalanced and incomplete as he hasn’t addressed any of the existing issues like a real C, back up PG, or an efficient SG, and has worsened the the redundancy of the personel. On top of that he’s added more problems by trading away their best defender and best scorer.
    Whether by design or circumstance it isn’t stupid or crazy for a majority of experts and fans to believe this is a terrible team, in fact it’s fairly obvious.
    And usually when a team is not a desirable free agent destination, (like Boston) and has a lack of tradable assets (like Boston) it is natural to assume their only course of action is to get the best draft pick possible.

  • RedsLoveChild

    All Ainge said about tanking is that….”it`s a really hard thing to do” and it`s “harder than people recognize”. Did he ever actually say the Celts will NOT tank? I never saw THAT quote!

    Obviously, Ainge is not going to say the Celts will tank…the commissioner just might have a problem with that.

    Fact is, the Celtics clearly did tank in `97 and `07 {they just couldn`t get the ping pong balls to cooperate}…and they most definitely will tank again in `14. They`d be idiots not to.

  • Vincent Mullings

    First off, tanking DOES NOT WORK FOR THE CELTICS!!!!! Look at our last couple when we tried. Our last two superstars we drafted (Paul pierce and rondo) were NOT DRAFTED IN TOP 5! So get over it I agree with DA! NO TANKING!!!!!!!