|Posted by shawn cassidy on May 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM|
Danny believe the Celtics had no chance without Rondo, and he felt like they really didn't have a big chance with Rondo. From his statement, it sounds like he had thought Pierce would have been a bigger factor. During the season, and mainly after Rondo's injury. Danny was positive with the team in the media interviews that he participated in. Since the season is over, Ainge is an open book.
"I certainly don’t think we are one player away, we’re more than that," Ainge said during his final weekly call of the 2012-13 season to Boston sports radio WEEI (93.7 FM). "Unless that was a really, really special player. I think we’re more than that away. It would be tough to become a championship-level team where we are with the salary cap and our structure. We invested a lot this year in hopes of that we could maximize Paul [Pierce] and [Kevin Garnett's] career, and it just didn’t work out. I think the injury to [Rajon] Rondo and [Jared Sullinger] and [Leandro] Barbosa really hurt us, and took away any chance that we might have had. Even though it was a longshot that we would be a championship team this year, if everything fell our way, we thought we could [compete], but it didn’t work out that way."
I think Danny is hinting with his displeasure of Paul's contract. and his play on the court. If this was a 9-5 job. Paul's job would be in jeopardy with what he makes, and how he's performed. This is different. The Celtics have been all about loyalty for the most part, and Paul has been Mr.Celtic for a decade and a half. Danny doesn't have the right combo of guys. How will he change that? Will all witness that process,and will come up with are own ideas until then. In the meantime. We do have Rondo, and other guys with potential. Mainly Green,and Bradley.