Fans usually demand that their team’s front office tries to get the best players and win — but not Boston Celticsfaithful. Danny Ainge has been approached by Celtics fans warning the team’s president of basketball operations against winning too many games this season, he told Sports Illustrated. “As I walk around town, more than anything else there are those that say, ‘Hey, don’t win too many games,’” Ainge said. “There are so many fans that want us to play for the draft.”
If you asked Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge whether Rajon Rondo’s future with the Boston Celtics was set in stone, he’d offer an enthusiastic “yes” before spouting all the reasons why trading one of the game’s best point guards in his prime would be silly. In the real world, it’s Ainge’s job to answer unanswerable questions with fickleness. That neither means Rondo is on his way out the door, nor that he’ll wear a Celtics jersey until he retires. With the franchise currently going through its first major metamorphosis in six years, nobody knows the answer to that question. Not Rondo, not even Ainge.
It’s that time of year again, where Boston Celtics legends are born and killed, with training camp heroes emerging before a single meaningful minute of basketball is played. Training camp isn’t all bluster and hyperbole, however, and there’s plenty of useful information to be learned in the tune-ups prior to the start of the season. Offseason conditioning, potential lineup combinations and roster spot battles are all hot topics this time of year.
If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was out there to change your franchise forever, or Tim Duncanwas going to change your franchise for 15 years? That might be a different story,” said Ainge. “I don’t see that player out there.”
I’ll be right up front with this. Jordan Crawford is my least favorite player on the current roster. That doesn’t mean I “hate” him or even dislike him all that much. If anything I have to give him credit for being himself and not worrying too much about what people think about him. Still, I’m not all that fond of his quirky, gunner game and I don’t see how it fits into any rational offensive system. But what do I know?