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Your Morning Dump… Where Ainge doesn’t want blame his caddie Thursday night

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 23, 2014 Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge, The Morning Dump 42 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.

Leading up to the draft, Ainge delved into his philosophies on the process, and not surprisingly, at least some of them can be traced back to Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach.

“I talked with Red a lot, back when I was a player and when I got the job here,” Ainge said. “Red’s advice is, ‘You listen to everybody, but you’ve got to go with your gut, what it tells you. Don’t be afraid to take a chance.’ Red was a gambler and a free spirit and that did well for him.”

And while Ainge is very much his own man with his own views, he agreed that he’s similar to Auerbach in that regard: a gambler, a free spirit.

“I’d much rather miss a putt doing it my way than miss a putt listening to my caddie and he reads it wrong,” Ainge said. “Whether I read it wrong or right, I’d rather miss it my way.”

Globe:  Ainge’s goal is to outwork competition at draft

This piece is a very good look at how Ainge and his operations team approach the draft.  They,  like every other team, put in countless hours of research.  They have a staff that can conjure up a video file full of the most intricate details on any player, and they have logged thousands of miles of travel to see things with their own eyes.  If the Celtics are indeed making their own selections at 6 and 17 on Thursday night, there’s very little they won’t know.

It’s how they apply that knowledge that’s the key.  You need look no further than the comments after a game recap to see how many different people have different takes on the same set of events.  Some people have Aaron Gordon ranked high enough to take at 6.  Some don’t.  That’s the nature of the beast.

I’m right with Ainge on the golf analogy.  There are few feelings worse than second guessing a wrong decision based on someone else making a call you could have avoided.  It’s hard to let that feeling go.

It’s also a sign of a good leader.  I’d rather work for a guy with the attitude of “if I screw up, I want it to be because of my own decision” than the guy who thinks “great, someone else spoke up, now I can blame that guy if this goes south but take credit if works because I’M STILL THE BOSS!”

Ever wonder how a guy who keeps screwing up seems to stay in his high-ranking position?  That’s because he’s that second guy.

Anyway…

We don’t know yet whether the Celtics will even be making these picks for themselves on Thursday or if Ainge will simply be making picks for Minnesota.  If the Celtics make these picks, we just have to hope that this tireless effort and years of experience lead the Celtics to the right guy to make this rebuild go quickly.

Let’s hope Danny knows how to read this green.

Page 2:  Brad Stevens’ head isn’t swimming anymore

Even facing a mountain of uncertainty as the Celtics look to accelerate their rebuilding process this summer — knowing that, if no deals are available, they could be treading lottery water once again — Stevens is buoyed by experience.

“Just understanding the calendar, understanding what we want to do systematically, I feel 10 times better than what I did last year at this time,” he said. “Now, that doesn’t guarantee anything, but at the end of the day, at least when I come to work, my head’s not swimming like it was last July.”

Herald: Brad Stevens looks forward to year 2

It’s amazing how much more comfortable you feel the second time around at something.  Just knowing the pitfalls of the calendar is a huge boost to Brad Stevens’ ability as a coach to prepare for the upcoming season.  A year ago he was flying to Rondo’s camp to introduce himself and meeting players for the first time as they showed up to watch summer league in Orlando.  Now, Stevens is preparing practices for his summer squad and mapping out a post-draft plan.

At this level, it’s the little things that make the difference.  Take care of the little things and the big things will fall in line.  Of course, one of the little things is finding a new assistant coach now that Ron Adams has bolted for Golden State.  I’d love to see Stevens get another long-time NBA guy to join the mix to keep that balance.  I liked how he constructed his staff last year, and I think that another veteran-coach from outside the franchise would work in this situation.  As Stevens gets more experience, he can groom some of his own guys and promote from within, but I still think he’s at a point where he needs more of an outside perspective to help him along.

Good luck to Ron Adams, by the way. as he goes home to most likely finish off his coaching career.

The rest of the links:

Herald:  Lots of options for Celtics at 17  |  Globe:  Choice of NBA position will be crucial for Aaron Gordon  |  Boston.com:  Carmelo Anthony will reportedly opt out of Knicks contract  |  CSNNE:  Adams to join Warriors  |  Stevens heavy involvement in prospect workouts  |  Genetic disorder ends Isaiah Austin’s career  |  ESPN Boston:  Celtics must consider all options

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  • bill_nair

    I hope we get an assistant with similar defensive smarts to him like Ron.

  • NE_Celt

    whoa, WHOA! That Ron Adams thing caught me by surprise alright…but I think its nice he can finish his career in familiar territory…best of luck to him with GS.

    Any names you know of out there John that are available for a replacement?

    And is it Thursday yet?

  • MatthewWilding

    What’s with all the headline errors? Yesterday there was an extra “to” in the Simmons headline. Today the headline seems to be missing a “to.”

    • KWAPT

      “To” much booze.

      • Curt Hays

        hahahahaha #grammargames

  • letunisien

    watch world cup 2014 Bein Sports http://www.le-tunisien.net

  • adam

    crosses fingers for Embiid

  • RedsLoveChild

    It`s so reassuring to hear that Ainge will put in “countless hours of research” and “outwork the competition” on draft night…as he`s done so many times in the past!!

    2008 : Selecting JR Giddens over DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik, Dragic
    2007 : Selecting Greg Pruitt over Marc Gasol
    2011 : Selecting JuJuan Johnson over Chandler Parsons, Jimmy Butler
    2003 : Selecting Marcus Banks over David West
    2005 : Selecting Gerald Green over David Lee, Monta Ellis

    • adam

      It’s easy to do this though. Hey we can do it about this draft in a couple years. 2007 and 8 does hurt though……….

    • wil

      lol you forgot that the celtics arent the only ones who passed on those players.

      • Curt Hays

        But Danny is the only GM that we have.

        • Herman Bubbert

          The “Ainge is a brilliant drafter” myth among the fan base is second only to “Rondo to Springfield.”

          • Curt Hays

            I feel like I have failed as a Celtic fan because I don’t understand the reference to Springfield. Please help?

          • Parish345

            hall of fame is in Springfield

          • Curt Hays

            Thank you. I had no idea. #shame

          • zippittyay

            So are the Simpsons.

          • KGino

            I think the majority of true Celtic/NBA fans would agree Rondo doesn’t deserve HOF honors just yet

        • zippittyay

          I did a statistical analysis about a year ago and it showed that Ainge was almost twice as likely to hit a winner in the draft than your average GM. I did not have the time to do his ranking among all the others.

          • Curt Hays

            Interesting. How did you pull that off?

          • zippittyay

            one of the basketball reference sites did an analysis of the likeliness of top 5 pick becoming an all-star, a starter, serviceable player or a bust. They did the same for mid lottery picks and all the way through the second round. I just compared what they said what you should expect and what Ainge actually picked the last 10 years or so.

      • RedsLoveChild

        I`m not comparing Ainge to any other GM.

        All I`m saying is that many Celtic fans have created—and actually believe—in this bizarre “myth” that DA is a master at evaluating talent, and possesses extraordinary drafting skills.

        I wish it were true…but, it`s simply not, the evidence clearly does not support it.

    • Suarez

      Giddens and JuJuan Johnson were bad picks. The rest of these, given their various circumstances, are understandable and forgivable. Gabe Pruitt was a second-rounder, can’t include something like that in there.

      If you want to talk about lousy picks by Ainge, I think you have to include Fab Melo. Though there wasn’t a lot of great talent on the board at that point, it immediately seemed like a bad pick that even Ainge could barely justify.

      The Celtics picks this year could end up being busts, but that goes for every other team in the draft, too.

    • KGino

      Show me a GM who’s made 100% successful draft picks, and I’ll show you a liar. Let’s not forget about all the good (Rondo (21 via trade), Sully (21) , AB (19), KO (13 via trade), Tony Allen (25), Perk (27th via trade), Big Al (15), etc. Gerald Green didn’t turn out to be as much of a bust as people originally thought (great season last year in PHX).

      So typical of you, only focusing on the bad. Also, it was Gabe Pruitt.

      • Curt Hays

        Go look at who Larry Bird drafted…the entire starting 5 of the Pacers…

        • KGino

          Curt you’re gonna need to explain further, I don’t think D. West or G. Hill were drafted by Bird.

          • Curt Hays

            Ok Ok Ok…acquired*

        • Fitzy

          Larry bird didn’t draft George hill, but I know what you’re going to say about that.

          • Curt Hays

            LOL, valid point…you and @kgino:disqus. I have your backs and this is how you repay me? Are we going to let this draft divide us? I feel so used.

          • KGino

            Haha Curt believe me if it wasn’t you I would have been a lot harsher

          • Curt Hays

            hahaha, Boston the “City of Brotherly I-wasn’t-as-mean-as-I-could-have-been”

          • Fitzy

            It’s this draft and k love talk. They’re playing with my mind and toying with my heart.

        • KGino

          Also, IMO the Pacers are overrated b/c of a weak east. They also haven’t won anything, whereas Ainge has…

          • Curt Hays

            Nah, Kevin Garnett won it by the graces of Kevin McHale. :-)

      • RedsLoveChild

        I`ll give DA a pass on Bradley….Larry Sanders was no longer on the board!

        • KGino

          Yea too bad… Just think, LS could have been checking into a BOSTON rehab facility this summer!

          • Curt Hays

            I saw that edit…you had me so confused.

          • RedsLoveChild

            AB would likely be not too far away….rehabbing his right ankle, right shoulder, right achilles, left shoulder, etc.

          • KGino

            that’s fine, he wouldn’t be costing us 11mil a year to smoke weed

          • RedsLoveChild

            Just $11M in medical/surgical bills

  • Brad P

    I hope for Brad Stevens’ sake that we have an actual roster this season

  • LA Flake

    Man…My heart goes out to Isaiah Austin and his family. I hope he lives a fulfilling life.

    • NE_Celt

      I had to look up and see what you were talking about…but damn man…I agree, I hope only the best for this kid…from what I had seen he is a very humble kid and would have been a great addition to any team.