|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM|
If Danny could have one quality I would ask him to be loyal. Is Ainge honest? Maybe 75% of the time, is that number high? Perhaps, but I like Ainge enough to give him some wiggle room. I lost a lot of respect for Ainge in 2009. I felt like I was lied to about the KG injury. The Celtics knew for a long time, but they decided to cover it up until they played their last regular season game in the 08-09 season. Last season was full of lies. The Perk deal, and how that worked out. The Shaq injury may have been worse than the KG cover up. I understand trades must happen, and you always try to get better. But how much better can the Celtics get if they trade one of the big three this season? They won't get better this season. No way, no how this team gets better from any deal offered.
The Celtics would be building for the future. Why do that this season? You won't get enough value in return, and I don't care if we did. The big four have been all about Celtics pride, and what other franchise can talk about pride like the Celtics can? Trading one of the big three would tarnish the team legacy. Garnett, and Ray may have not started out as Celtics, but they are true Celtics. What message are you sending Danny with potential free agents, and rookies? The abuse Danny has put Rondo through is absurd, and unnecessary. Next year your setup Mr. Ainge with cap space to sign max contract players. Think about these trades for moment, and stay off the phone!
"First of all, it's a different era,'' said Ainge. "I sat with Red [Auerbach] during a Christmas party [20 years ago]. Red was talking to Larry, Kevin, and myself, and there was a lot of trade discussion at the time, and Red actually shared some of the trade discussions. And I told Red, ‘What are you doing? Why are you waiting?'
"He had a chance to trade Larry [to Indiana] for Chuck Person and Herb Williams and [Steve] Stipanovich, and he had a chance to trade Kevin [to Dallas] for Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. I was, like, ‘Are you kidding?'
"I mean, I feel that way now. If I were presented with those kinds of deals for our aging veterans, it's a done deal, to continue the success.
Why mess up the legacy of players that gave you so much? Red didn't do the deals because he was loyal to his main guys. Red had two young players who tragically died. That's what set the Celtics back for a decade. Think about those trades for a moment. Trade Larry for Check Person, and some role players? Person had an alright career. He was a great three-point shooter, but no super star. He wouldn't have taken the CELTICS OVER any hump for a title. Schrempf played in a few all-star games, but he wasn't a top guy on any team. None of these deals would have resulted in a Celtics title. It would have messed with the Celtics mystique.
Then AINGE said this
“It’s almost like Mitt Romney answering the question about how much taxes he pays,” Ainge explained in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “He says 15 percent in capital gains. And it becomes a huge story when he’s only stating the obvious. Some people don’t know the obvious. ...
“That’s how I feel with this. It’s obvious. They’re obvious things. Of course if we get the opportunity to make a trade that will help our team, we’ll do it.”
“We’ve all known that there’s a window for this group,” Ainge said. “We’re constantly evaluating that. But I don’t have anything on the books. I don’t have anything imminent. There’s nothing out there that I am actively doing.
“I’m being patient with this group of guys. They believe they’re much better than they’re playing right now. Doc believes they’re much better than they’re playing right now. I believe that too."
"I wish they would have come into this season a little more prepared mentally, spiritually, physically, but they didn’t, so now we’re dealing with a bad start,” Ainge said.
Ainge said he’s has seen some positive signs recently.
“I do see a lot of pride in these guys, the commitment they have,” he said. “And I do see a great deal of hope in what these guys can provide because I watch them work each day. I see how hard they prepare for each game and how much they want to turn this thing around. They don’t like not playing well. It doesn’t suit those guys. It gives me hope.”
Reading what he said can be enough for a lot of fans. He says a lot of good things about the Celtics, but he turns it into I would trade them for the right deal. Why even say that? Why even think it. Haven't you built a connection with the big four. Do their legacies mean nothing to you? Does Celtic tradition mean anything. The Celtics won't get any better with a trade. Just leave this season alone. Work on adding talent to the big four, and that's not even a must. I could rant about keeping this together all night, but if Danny deals one of the big three it will be a disaster in Celtics history.I think Danny has done some great things, and he brought us the players that gave us banner 17, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with him on everything, and just shake my head yes.