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Ainge on Big Show: Doc ‘needs some time’ 06.23.10 at 6:30 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge talked with The Big Show Wednesday afternoon about the Celtics offseason, and one of the big topics of discussion was Doc Rivers and his decision whether to stay on as coach or leave for family reasons. Either way, Ainge believes that Rivers should take his time in making his decision.

“I know everybody wants to speculate, but the reality of it is he has not made a decision. I don’€™t want him personally to make a decision too soon,” Ainge said. “I know that Doc is one of the great competitors around. I think that it’€™s really tough on him with the loss. He sees the bright side of what the team accomplished, and it accomplished more than he probably thought a few months ago and all the things we just discussed. I know that it’€™s still really hard. A coach invests so much more than the players in my opinion, and he invests a ton and left it all out on the table. So he needs some time to get himself right before he makes a decision.”

Below is a transcript of some of the other highlights from Ainge’s interview. To hear the entire interview, go to The Big Show audio on demand page.

Have the Phoenix Suns contacted you about their GM job as was reported by Sports Illustrated?

No, they have not. I have a contract, and I love what I’€™m doing. I love the people I work with. I have a great relationship with the ownership, and we have still things to accomplish here. So that’€™s just a rumor that has no substance.

Has Doc Rivers told you of his decision?

No, he has not. Doc has not made a decision. I know everybody wants to speculate, but the reality of it is he has not made a decision. I don’€™t want him personally to make a decision too soon. I know that Doc is one of the great competitors around. I think that it’€™s really tough on him with the loss. He sees the bright side of what the team accomplished, and it accomplished more than he probably thought a few months ago and all the things we just discussed. I know that it’€™s still really hard. A coach invests so much more than the players in my opinion, and he invests a ton and left it all out on the table. So he needs some time to get himself right before he makes a decision. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ainge on Big Show: No Doc decision yet at 6:06 pm ET
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Danny Ainge appeared as a guest on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon and touched on a number of topics swirling around the Celtics, including his own future. Here are some highlights:

ON RUMORS HE WOULD GO TO PHOENIX

Ainge said the Suns have not approached him about their general manager job. “I have a contract [with the Celtics] and I love what I’m doing and the people I working with. We have things to accomplish here. That is just a rumor. It has no substance.”

ON DOC RIVERS

“Doc has not made a decision. I know everyone wants to speculate but the reality is he has not made a decision. I don’t want him, personally, to make a decision too soon.”

“Doc and I spoke yesterday and the day before and today. We don’t talk necessarily about his decision, we’re just talking about the team and different things. Doc is taking his time and he’ll take some time with his family this weekend. He’ll make some decisions, I believe, probably by next week or shortly thereafter.”

Quick take: The Celtics can afford to wait. Ainge said Rivers is not very involved in the draft process. The longer this plays out, the better the chances are for a return. Ainge also said he would take his time if he needs to hire a new coach and that he wouldn’t rush to hire a replacement. “I don’t think it needs to be done quickly,” Ainge said. “It needs to be done right.”

ON KEEPING THE CORE OF THE TEAM TOGETHER

“We had lots of conversation that revolved around Ray [Allen] at the trade deadline, but we felt like our team could win. I feel like this is still a good team and has another run in them.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ainge on The Big Show: ‘Our guys will be ready to go’ 06.16.10 at 7:35 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge called into The Big Show Wednesday afternoon and the topic of the day was the status of starting center Kendrick Perkins and what kind of impact his injury will have on Game 7. To listen to the full interview, click on The Big Show audio on demand page.

‘€œObviously, we’€™d like to have Perk [be] healthy,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œHe’€™s a big part of our team defense, but I think that Glen Davis and Rasheed [Wallace] can carry the mail for us at the center position.’€

The way that Ainge read Game 6 was as though the Lakers were just better prepared for the matchup. ‘€œI guess it’€™s like a boxing match and one team comes out and attacks. [The other team] didn’€™t come out prepared for that attack,’€ he said.

‘€œYou try to counter it, and we just weren’€™t able to. I thought they did a good job. Our guys were ready to play, but the Lakers came on all cylinders. They were making shots early and they just carried it throughout the course of the game. They got a great deal of confidence going and the bench came in and made all their shots. We could never stop that momentum. You’ve got to give the Lakers credit.’€

When asked what Rasheed Wallace will have to do to make up for the loss of Perkins in the starting lineup in Game 7, Ainge said that the whole bench would need to step up and play smart. ‘€œYeah, it’€™s a different role. Playing the starter’s role and then playing what he’€™s been playing for us off the bench in the playoffs is completely different. We need a different Rasheed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ainge on Big Show: Celtics ‘not in sync’ 06.09.10 at 8:58 pm ET
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A day after the Celtics‘ crushing home loss to the Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA finals, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly call into The Big Show to talk about Ray Allen, rebounds and pulling momentum away from LA.

‘€œWe’€™re just not in sync for whatever reason, offensively and defensively, we’€™re not playing like the team that won six games in a row against Cleveland and Orlando,’€ said Ainge. ‘€œIf we’€™re going to win the series, we’€™re going to have to get back to playing like that team.’€

A transcript of the interview follows. To listen to the interview, click on The Big Show audio on demand page.

As a player, do you find that if there’€™s inconsistency with the officiating, it’€™s more difficult to get into the rhythm of your game?

I think that each game is an adjustment for each player. In a lot of cases, you have to adjust to how the game is being played and how the game is being called. That’€™s all you can control. A lot of players play their whole careers and don’€™t ever get in foul trouble, some get in foul trouble more often than others, but you got to figure it out.

Could you explain to us how Ray Allen can make all those huge shots in Game 2, and then get the same looks in Game 3 and go 0-for-13?

Well, I would have a major dispute in what you just said. I think that the quality of looks was completely different. I think that the open shots and the rhythm, in the game that he made them, even though it was spectacular, some of the shots that he made in that game ‘€” I think that when you make a few, the basket gets big and you’€™re just in one of those zones. He was in that way in Game 2.

In Game 3 yesterday, he had three or four jump shots blocked. I don’€™t think I’€™ve ever seen Ray do that, so that would tell me those aren’€™t open shots. I think that he was taking shots he shouldn’€™t have been taking. I think he should have been ball faking and attacking the rim ‘€” which he did very late in the game. [He] got us a couple of easy baskets off his penetration and dish-offs. I think you got to read it; if you’€™re open on the three-point line, you take them and if they’€™re running at you, you got to go by them and make a play. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ainge on The Big Show: ‘That was not our team’ in Game 1 06.05.10 at 11:04 pm ET
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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Friday afternoon to discuss the Celtics’ tough loss to the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA finals, why he doesn’t believe they were out-hustled, and the future for assistant coach Tom Thibodeau.

“There was no rhythm in the game, there was a lot of fouls being called. ‘€¦ I’m not making excuses, I just felt that our guy’s were ready to play, and played hard,” Ainge said about the way the team played in Game 1.

“[In Game 1] we really didn’t get a good performance out of anybody,” he continued. “Hopefully that will change.”

A lot of talk has been about the hustle in Game 1, did it seem like Lakers out-hustled the Celtics?

No i think that maybe some of the fouls early in the game took a little bit of that away, I know our guys were ready to play. A lot of times the team you’re playing does that to you. I thought, not so much effort, as much as tentative. We were in between on some of our defensive things, we weren’t quite on the ball. ‘€¦ We were kind of in no man’s land so many times where we didn’t contest a shot or left the basket open. It looked like there was more indecisiveness, I thought that the natural, just effort. There was no rhythm in the game, there was a lot of fouls being called. ‘€¦ I’m not making excuses, I just felt that our guys were ready to play, and played hard. I think [Rajon] Rondo got hurt half way through the game and kind of re-injured his back a little bit.

There is no way the Celtics can win when getting less second-chance opportunities.

Well I think there’s two things on that. I think 16 second-chance points is not good, and zero is really bad. I mean a lot of that is not effort, it’s just we’re not finding ourselves in those positions, or we’re taking shots too quick, as we were climbing the hill there coming from behind. You know we were taking quick shots and not even ready for offensive rebounds, I mean there are so many factors, more than just effort. But I believe rebounding is crucial for us, and has been for us the last three years. When we rebound the ball, and defensive team’s aren’t getting those second-chance points, that’s when we play our best. It gives us a chance to get out in the open court. If it’s going to be a halfcourt game on both ends, then that’s not our strength.

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Ainge on The Big Show: Sheed lives for big games 05.20.10 at 6:53 am ET
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A day after the Celtics went up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals against Orlando, C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made his weekly call to The Big Show on Wednesday afternoon to talk about Doc Rivers‘€™ strategy against the Magic, Rajon Rondo‘€™s emergence, Rasheed Wallace‘€™s strong postseason play, and the team’€™s recent dominance over the top two seeds in the East.

‘€œWith each of these individuals on our team, I know what they are capable of doing and it’€™s taken a great performance out of each guy,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œWe’€™re getting a lot of contributions out of a lot of people right now and they’€™re all playing their best basketball of the year together. We’€™ll see what they’€™re capable of doing.’€

A transcript of the interview follows. To hear the full interview, click on The Big Show audio on demand page.

How are you feeling right now?

I’€™m doing well. That was an exciting game last night.

Celtics analyst Cedric Maxwell said that the things going on in the stands reminded him of Philadelphia in the ‘€˜80s. Was it that bad?

I heard of some incidents, but I didn’€™t see anything. Maxwell had a better view of that than I did.

There’€™s a story out that Marquis Daniels‘€™ father was tased during the game. Does the team have anything to say on that?

No, we won’€™t comment on that. I talked to Marquis after the game and I’€™m aware of the situation, but don’€™t know all the details.

It seems like playing single coverage has really tripped up Orlando and it’€™s allowed the Celtics to cover out on the perimeter.

Well, I didn’€™t think we did such a good job last night. We got the win, but Dwight [Howard] had his way inside. He was out of the game for a short period of time with foul trouble, and we made a little bit of a run. He’€™s still a very dominant force. The first game, I thought that he struggled, and the second game, I thought he dominated. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ainge on The Big Show: Both teams ‘desperate’ 05.13.10 at 7:48 pm ET
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Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show Thursday evening to talk about Boston’€™s success against Cleveland and the importance of closing out the series in Game 6 at TD Garden.

‘€œBoth teams are very desperate to win this game tonight, for obvious reasons,’€ Ainge said. ‘€œI think that’€™s why it will be a good game.’€

Ainge also touched on the amount of criticism LeBron James received after the Cavaliers‘ lopsided loss in Game 5.

Below is a transcript. Visit The Big Show audio on demand page to hear the interview.

It’€™s been a bizarre series, do you have any idea what to expect tonight?

I have no idea. I would be shocked if it was going to be any sort of blowout like we’€™ve had in a couple of games in the series. I expect both teams to be ready, they know what they’€™re doing, they kind of know the strengths and weaknesses, and I’€™d be shocked if it wasn’€™t a close game.

Kevin Garnett spoke about the sense of urgency after the last game about treating this is as a Game 7 and not as a Game 6. Do you like that approach?

Yeah, I think so. Both teams are very desperate to win this game tonight, for obvious reasons. I think that’€™s why it will be a good game.

You guys have really played great defense from the initial point of attack.

I think the identity of this team is defense. I think we’€™ve gotten back to that in the playoffs. We’€™ve had a few bad spells, we let our guard down in Game 3 of course, but overall our defense has really stepped up, improved, and I think the effort each possession is better than the regular season. Read the rest of this entry »

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