|Posted by paul on May 12, 2012 at 8:40 AM|
Danny spoke out about re-signing KG yesterday. The timing is exquisite, isn't it? No doubt someone asked him about it, but why not just say that it's not really something that is appropriate to talk about while the playoffs are going on? Danny tries to mumble 'all the right things', but still manages to make it sound like he's not that fired up to resign Garnett and Allen...
“They have to make their decisions,” Ainge said. “We need to know where they stand, what they want to do, and they need to know where I stand, where we stand as an organization and what we want to do and what direction we’re headed.”
Ainge said he’s not sure what will happen.
“They know we like them,” Ainge said. “I know they love Boston, they love playing for Doc (Rivers), but I don’t know anything beyond that.”
Sheesh. What is so hard, Danny, about saying that these two guys have helped turn around the Celtics franchise, proving themselves to be two of the greatest players we've ever had, and that they are still doing great things, and that you look forward to sitting down with them when the season is over and that you will do everything you can to keep them on board with the Celtics? What is so hard about that?
Well, I think Danny has some deep seated commitment issues, you know?
We've seen this year how great Ainge can be. With one little, but important, decision after another, Ainge has build a powerful team on a tiny budget. Ainge is so brilliant at finding players with something to prove, plants that need good soil, good watering, and the right atmosphere, players who love the game and want one last chance to accomplsih something. If you think about it, the trades that brought us the Big Three were based on this kind of insight and thinking.
But we've also seen the bad side of Danny this year. All season long he's kept the notorious Ainge Express rumbling in the background. Well, that's one way to motivate people, Danny, but it contradicts the very qualities that encourage players to see the Celtics as possibly the finest organization for people who love the game. How do you build a tradition on disloyalty and slippery sands? What kind of message are you trying to send to the basketball world about how the Celtics treat players?
I think that how Danny handles KG and Allen this summer will determine his future and the future of the team. Put bluntly, Ainge needs to change his ways. If Danny won't make it clear that he wants these guys back, we as fans should. And we should make it clear that we want the Ainge Express to chill out, slow down, and get a little bit sleepy for a while. Trades can be great. No one is saying that trades should never be made. Look at the Baby or Bass trade; it helped everyone involved. That's the 'poster-boy' trade. But players, especially hard-working, self-sacrificing key guys, should NOT have to live with the Sword of Damocles over their heads, and their bags packed by the door. We want to BUILD something here, right?
Of course, it's a lot to ask of a fandom that was screaming for Ainge to 'blow up' the team just a couple of months ago, but let's make it clear how much we want KG and Allen back, and how much we want Ainge to chill with the trades. Danny, put the cell phone down for a while. Go for a walk. Lay in the grass. Love life. Dream some beautiful dreams.
Maybe about Josh Smith...
It's not wrong to dream big dreams. But let's also appreciate what we have. Personally, I think that KG should become a player coach. He's already almost there now, and we know that he and Doc get along great.
Almost got through this without mentioning Perk...