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Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: ‘Shut the F— up and manage’ the Celtics

Posted By Mike Petraglia On March 29, 2013 @ 7:11 pm In General | 26 Comments

Miami Heat [1] president Pat Riley [2] didn’t take kindly to what his counterpart in Boston told WEEI on Thursday.

Danny Ainge told WEEI’s Salk & Holley [3] he thought it bordered on embarrassing that LeBron James [4] would complain about foul calls in Miami’s 27-game streak-ending loss to the Bulls Wednesday night.

Palm Beach Post columnist Ethan J. Skolnick was among the first to tweet Riley’s official reaction, delivered to the media by a team official: “Danny Ainge needs to shut the f— up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”

James was far more mild-mannered.

“I’m not surprised about anything that comes from Boston,” Skolnick tweeted.

Ainge delivered his response to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

“We’re both right,” Ainge said. “LeBron should stop complaining and I should manage my own team.”

Celtics [6] coach Doc Rivers [7] has his own unique perspective. He played for Pat Riley with the Knicks at the end of his career. He tells stories of how tough Riley was on his own players and their conditioning. Rivers also played against Ainge in the prime of his career, when Ainge was on the Celtics and Rivers was on the Celtics.

“Yeah, I think it’s funny,” Rivers said. “I think it’s very interesting. I can relate. It’s cool. I think they should duke it out.”

Does Friday’s exchange add anything to the Celtics-Heat rivalry?

“Not unless they’re playing,” Rivers said. “Really. I just think it’s just talk both ways. I’ll just let those two grown men handle their own grown men argument. I’m going to stay out of it. On a side note, it gives me a smile and it’s interesting. I think it’s fun. It’s a flashback.”

Rivers wasn’t about to pass judgement either way on the fouls called on James at the end of the game with the Bulls on Wednesday.

“I did see those fouls,” Rivers said, before being asked what he thought. “I don’t know. I’m going to stay out of it.”

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics [8].


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[2] Pat Riley: http://media.weei.com/basketball/pat-riley.htm

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[4] LeBron James: http://media.weei.com/basketball/lebron-james.htm

[5] March 29, 2013: https://twitter.com/EthanJSkolnick/status/317763825766125568

[6] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[7] Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm

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