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Ainge on The Big Show: We’re finally there

Posted By Kirk Minihane On March 24, 2010 @ 5:23 pm In General | 2 Comments

Celtics [1] president Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday. Here are some highlights from the interview. To listen, click here [2].

The idea of the NCAA [3] tournament expanding to 96 teams:

I don’t think they should. Sixty-four is good, I think it’s just right. Good the way it is.”

Why the team is playing so well at this point (won five of last seven):

“I think it’s mostly health. I feel good about this team. I think we’re finally there. Just a question of Doc getting the pieces to fit. I feel like our team … I feel that the hope is there. You can see that they really want it.”

Is he concerned about not getting the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs?

“No, no. It’s just not the focus. I follow it each day, but we aren’t talking about it internally. [We are] focusing on what we need to do to go out and play.”

Why the team has played so well on the road (second-best record in the NBA) but struggled somewhat at home (13th-best record):

“No I can’t [figure it out]. We haven’t been as good a team. We had three or four Gino games at the Garden, which we haven’t had in a while.”

On the downfall of Antoine Walker [4]:

It’s hard to imagine. $110 million … ¬†too many guys in sports with nothing to show for it. A high percentage. With Antoine [the entourage consists of] people he chose to pay, he wanted to. He needed an entourage, wanted to show that he has this money, go gamble and party. He’s a very generous person as well. Where does $110 million go?”

If the entourage scene is still as prevalent as it was in Walker’s early years:

“A little less in the last few years. It was the thing to do. Guys parking cars, washing cars, cook. I don’t know where $100 million goes. The story of Kenny Anderson [he] made $60 [million], $70 million in his career. Rumeal Robinson living on the street, he made $20 million.”

If the Celtics talk to the young players about stories like Walker:

“We’ll make sure all the players will see that tape.”

On the highlights of Walker playing basketball in Puerto Rico:

“I’m glad he’s posting up, not shooting 3’s.”


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